A Reader posted a review at 2009-06-02 09:34:47.
"Much Ado About Nothing" is a funny play about two lovers, Hero and Claudio, who conspires with Don Pedro, the prince of Aragon, to try and set up their friends, Beatrice (Hero's cousin) and Benedick (Claudio and Pedro's friend). The problem is Beatrice and Benedick are two very strong, clever, and stubborn characters, that refuse to admit that they are in love with one another. Instead they argue and insult one another in a very witty sarcastic type of way (kind of like modern day flirting), thus making the play very comical.
And of course with most Shakespeare's romantic plays, there is always the theme of deception. In this case this comes in the form of Don John, Don Pedro's illegitimate brother who tries to sabotage Claudio and Hero's wedding by making Claudio believe his lover had been unfaithful. Again, this brings up the same question that I have with all of Shakespeare's romantic plays and that is if you love someone that much how can you be so easily fooled into believing that person would deceive you? This is why I rarely think the male characters in Shakespeare's romantic/tragic plays are very heroic.
Overall though, I did enjoy reading this play. Only because I really liked Beatrice character and I think it is very cute how Benedick slowly becomes "whipped" as he falls in love.