This Much Ado About Nothing sizzles thanks to its ace personnel. Director Sheila Daniels has a talent for helping actors crawl under their characters' hides and build dramatic weight with the quiet accumulation of small details. (Her three-person Crime and Punishment at Intiman was as dense and hot as a fever dream.) Amy Thone, playing the sassy Beatrice, won a Stranger Genius Award. Her real-life partner, Hans Altweis, plays the manfully sassy Benedick and is one of Seattle's best actors. Watching them shoot barbs at each other in the great outdoors—with Daniels helping them aim—should be joy. (Se attle Shakespeare Company at Edmonds City Park, 600 Third Ave S, Edmonds, 733-8222. 3 pm, free.)

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