When: Sept. 19-21 2014
If Shakespeare were alive today, he would surely regret not having conceived Much Ado About Nothing as a bluegrass musical. But UnMasqued, a "nomadic theatre company" whose members all seem to have settled in Los Angeles or Oklahoma City, is setting the Bard to banjos with Much Ado About Nothing Unplugged. This version recasts Shakespeare's courtly characters as a modern-day folk band called the Arragons, and hilarity, as it will, ensues. The play debuted in L.A. earlier this summer and has made its way to the The Mezzanine (20 N. Tejon St.) for a Sept. 17-21 run. Find showtimes at themezzcos.com, where tickets are free but RSVPs are required. — Bill Forman
Price: Free, reservations required.