My thoughts and feelings on Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing are conflicted. On the one hand, I found the movie tiresome and awkward on first viewing, like watching your roommate teach his cat how to play fetch. Yet, after learning how Much Ado was made, I grew to like the project more, as it has some real punk rockish, let’s-make-a-movie spirit — the exact stuff I’d like to see more of both in Hollywood and the indie scene.
Shakespeare probably never envisioned this — a woman playing Romeo as a woman in a Minneapolis theater production. Theatre Coup d’Etat plans to present “Romeo and Juliet” next month, with the love-stricken male Romeo played by a woman as a woman.