Fortunately, the two lead characters, Beatrice and Benedick, are played by Jenna Rossman and Lonnie DeVaughan Simmons, who are loud and showy. Much of the pleasure in "Much Ado," one of Shakespeare's funniest comedies, comes from their repartee. When Beatrice announces, "I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me," Rossman delivers the insult with healthy volume and a little body English. And when Benedick replies, "God keep your Ladyship still in that mind, so some gentleman or other shall scape a predestinate scratched face," Simmons returns her volley with some real vigor—and a little venom beneath his presumed courtesy. But Beatrice comes right back with, "Scratching could not make it worse, an 'twere such a face as yours were."