'Much Ado' about play's high points

Fullerton College Hornet  - Amanda Glover - Wednesday, October 13th, 1999

"Its about love, one of our permanent obsessions," says Gary Krinke, director of 'Much Ado About Nothing,' as he outlines one reason this play was chosen to liven up the theatre stage on campus.

Another reason this play was featured by the theatre department, is because of it's easy interpretation, which is understood by the audience. This production is a "light hearted comedy. that has some dark edges to it,"says Krinke.

'Much Ado About Nothing' also according to Krinke contains "many of Shakespeare's classic character types, all forerunners of our contemporary comedic characters."

When asked of his opinion about Shakespeare and his legacy, Krinke elaborated by saying, "Shakespeare is the great master of playwrighting which everyone has emulated, its hard to go wrong with his plot lines and universal characters."

To involve the audience more in the performances of the play, Krinke arranged for the show to take place all the way up to the first row of seating. Characters also weave in and out of the audience making this production accessible for everyone.

The Campus Theatre itself was under renovation, the installation of a new lighting system was just completed.

Since then the crew has been working diligently in order to complete the set which includes a 3-story villa, and water fountain.

"I love the cast I am working with," says Krinke, "we have an exciting array of theatre veterans to pull this all together."