Much Ado About Nothing will be the latest presentation by New York's Frog & Peach Theatre Company, which, for the last four years, has presented free Shakespeare at the Upper West Side's Theatre at the West Park Church (165 W. 86th St.). Last year, the company coaxed Austin Pendleton (Finian's Rainbow) into playing Claudius in its production of Hamlet. Much Ado, too, features a star: Earle Hyman, as Leonato. Theatre veteran Hyman has appeared in such Broadway productions as National Actor's Theatre's The Master Builder and is known to television viewers for his many appearance on "The Cosby Show."
The cast also features Lynnea Benson and Ted Zurkowski as Beatrice and Benedick. Josephine Gallarello directs. Call (212) 946-5321 for information.
-- By Robert Simonson