Spokane Ensemble Theatre is giving another Shakespeare favorite a summertime staging with Much Ado About Nothing

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The modern romantic comedy — with its uncertainty of mixed signals, the fine line between irritation and infatuation, the casual scheming to force a particular outcome, the blissful moment in which unrequited love becomes requited — has a long lineage, and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing has undoubtedly shaped the template.

Set in Messina, Italy, during a time of military conflict, Much Ado is the story of two pairs of

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