The moment that cracked everyone up, though, was totally unscripted. There was a three-year-old girl there, cousin of the girls playing Beatrice and Borachio... she sat next to me and required me to explain what was going on at regular intervals. "Why are they not getting married?" "Um. The bad guys made them think the bride was... dishonest." "Oh, okay." She gradually got more and more into it, watching enraptured -
- and when Conrad lunged at Dogberry shouting "You, sir, are an ass!", said child jumped to her feet, pointed at Dogberry, and yelled "You're an ass!!!"
Anyway, all of the players had a great time, they actually made it through the play, there was only one injury, and there was ice cream afterward.
They are joking that next year's production will be Titus Andronicus.