Shakespeare Takes a Jolly Romp Through 1960s London

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

James Barry, Christopher Geary, Bryan Fenkart, Lucas Papaelias and Justing Kirk in 'These Paper Bullets!' at the Atlantic Theater Company. James Barry, Christopher Geary, Bryan Fenkart, Lucas Papaelias and Justing Kirk in 'These Paper Bullets!' at the Atlantic Theater Company. (Ahron Foster)

The new musical "These Paper Bullets!" at the Atlantic Theater Company bills itself as a "modish ripoff" of Shakespeare’s comedy "Much Ado About Nothing." The new adaptation is by Rolin Jones, who has updated the setting to London during the swinging sixties. The production, directed by Jackson Gay, also features new songs written by Billie Joe Armstrong, the front man for the band Green Day who wrote the Tony Award-winning musical "American Idiot."

We are used to seeing Shakespeare plays set in any number of times and places, and we ask New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood if this production sounds like something more radical.

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