Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe star in the Public Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing, the first Shakespeare in the Park production of the summer.
Linklater is Benedick, a soldier returning from battle; when he reunites with Beatrice, niece of Leonato–into whose home he’s been welcomed–their past feelings for each other are rekindled. Unfortunately, they’re a stubborn pair of fools, loathe to admit what’s in their hearts. She claims to abhor love; so does he. He speaks disdainfully of marriage; so does she. When her uncle (and others) see them once again lobbing insults at each other (their favorite pastime and primary means of communication) they decide to trick them into believing that each is achingly, desperately, in love with the other.