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Gosh, that part in Much Ado About Nothing when Beatrice and Benedick read each other’s secret love letters and admit their love is always so cute. But, like, too cute. 

That’s more like it. That’s the response I’d expect of two hyper-critical sarcastic dorks in love.

anonymous asked:

A thought: Dex and Nursey are actors in a production of Much Ado About Nothing. They may get a little too into their roles

i want u to know that the first thing i thought abt was them getting into physical fights outside the theatre but also falling in love 

the problem with this is i don’t know if i want them to be hero and claudio or beatrice and benedick because either way it would be h i l a r i o u s, also nursey faking his death because dex publicly shamed him is #dramatique and also very so in character

then again benedick asks beatrice to marry him and they get in an argument before beatrice ends up saying yes after all and if that isn’t nurseydex i don’t know what is

I saw much ado about nothing at osf this past june and at one point while two people were talking benedick was just sitting off to the side popping a tin of altoids into his mouth one by one until he was holding all of them in his mouth at the same time with no idea why or what to do and if that isn’t the most in-character thing you’ve ever heard then I don’t even know what to tell you

So last night, I went to see a performance of Much Ado About Nothing in a pop-up replica of the globe theatre in Auckland and I swear to fuckin god, it was THE BEST VERSION OF THE PLAY I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE: 

- benedick was played by a big burly Samoan/Tokelauan bloke while beatrice was played by a tiny white american girl. the contrast was hilarious 

- during the scene where benedick overhears his mates claiming beatrice is in love with him, he is sitting on a swing suspended above the stage 

- at one point, the swing spun around the wrong direction and he frantically tried to bum shuffle it around so he could see what was happening 

- one of the characters spat out a sandwich in shock into the audience 

- when benedick said “The prince’s fool??? Ha, it may be I go under that title because i aM MERRY!!!!” he spills his drink into the audience. we laughed and he points to the open air theatre and jokes “It may rain” carries on with his lines and then suddenly…………..IT STARTS FUCKIN’ RAINING 

- dude then blew a kiss at the sky, bless him 

- dogberry was played as flaboyantly gay and had a TINY ADORABLE PUPPY onstage with him called Romeo 

- at one point he loses the puppy and he screams “WHEREFORE ART THOU ROMEO?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!” before sprinting off stage 

- during half time, he was frantically running through the audience asking, “Have you see a puppy? A tiny puppy??!? ROMEO, I”LL FIND U!” 

- the actor playing benedick also doubled as a member of the prince’s watch and they don’t even try and pretend that you don’t know who he is. Dogberry even goes “don’t i know you from somewhere???” but in this role he only ever speaks samoan 

- there was also a group of girl’s who clearly understood samoan in the crowd, because they would scream with laughter every time he said something 

- when beatrice was overhearing her mates talking about benedick, she literally ended up leaping over a railing and into the audience to avoid behind seen 

- she landed right on a man’s lap. random man wasn’t even phased, and LITERALLY HANDED HER HIS DRINK???? beatrice took a drink. we screamed. my soul transcended 

- beatrice’s antics trying not to be seen also included running through the audience, using people as a shield and holding up a girl’s hair to hide behind 

- at one point claudio impersonates benedick, and the claudio actor was also Pasifika, but like a skinny bean pole compared to the actor playing benedick. so he hastily stuffed a nearby pillow up his shirt 

- when dogberry and verges take down two of the villians, theres an overdramatic and hilarious action scene 

- during the prison scene with the sexton, at one point two sparklers go off for dramatic effect. however, they clearly were going on for too long, because dogberry started hilariously trash talking borachio and conrad to stall for time, dancing around and screaming things like “LOOK!! GOD SMITE’S YOU!! GOD IS SENDING YOU TO HELL! TO HEEEELLLLLLL!!!!!! SO MUCH SMITING IS HAPPENING!!!! ONLY FOR ANOTHER LIKE THIRTY SECONDS THOUGH, DAMN YOU ALL TO HELLLLLLL!!!!!!!” none of the other actors could keep a straight face AT ALL 

- at the very end of the play, he finds Romeo the puppy and the entire audience practically screamed 

- dogberry also got the audience to chime in with the “i am an ass” line and on the last time, there was one audience member who was a bit slow on the uptake, so we all yell “ass!” and then one lone person screams, “ASS!!!!” afterwards and dogberry looks at them like “dUDE, we already did this, keep up.” 

- at one point, thunder interupted one of the lines, and incredibly the next line that had to be said was something like “GOD WATCHES US” 

- literally throughout the entire play, none of the actors could keep a straight face. every time there was an audience interaction or something funny happened, they would crack up and not even try to hide it. poor claudio was practically crying at one point!! 

- the entire thing was set on a Pacific island, so there was a real Pasifika flare to it, which was beautiful and amazing to see 

- all in all, I LOVE SHAKESPEARE, THANK U AND GOODNIGHT YALL