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Shakespeare in the Park draws a crowd

Blankets of all colors, shapes and sizes, beach chairs and picnic baskets covered the lawn at the Luther Burbank Park Amphitheater last theater during the Wooden O Seattle Shakespeare Company's free production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

More than 200 people showed for the company's first Shakespeare in the Park production of the summer despite Thursday's mercury-popping, 90-plus degree temperature. The cast's talent and enthusiasm provided a solid platform for the famous playwright's timeless humor and wit at the outdoor Amphitheater.

The play is set at the home of Leonato, where he welcomes his close friend Don Pedro and two fellow soldiers Claudio and Benedick.

The burning frustration-turned passion between Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio's shocking accusation against Hero - at the alter - mirrored Thursday's mid-day high temperature. As the weather cooled so did the tension as both couples wed.

The Wooden O will host four more showings of Much Ado About Nothing at the Luther Burbank Park Amphitheater on July 15, 16, 17, and 18 at 7 p.m. Th

The company will switch to Othello for the July 18, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 shows, also at 7 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Park Amphitheater.

More shows will take place at parks across the Puget Sound area. For more information visit www.seattleshakespeare.org/woodeno.

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