Talk to your kids about…
Much Ado About Nothing
Which of these couples do you think has the best chance for success? How might Claudio’s quick judgment about Hero’s supposed indiscretions affect their relationship? Why does she appear to be so quick to forgive him? What challenges will Benedick and Beatrice have to overcome? How can the kind of caustic communication they engage in wear away at a relationship? How difficult will it be for them to change their pattern of mean-spirited dialogue with one another?
How are sexual roles depicted in this production? Why does there appear to be a different standard for virtue when it comes to men and women? Are these expectations similar today?
How does a lack of facts and snap judgments contribute to misunderstandings among these characters? How do similar kinds of misunderstandings end more tragically in Shakespeare’s other works?