Stuck in a post-Valentine’s day rut, Romeo-less and inundated with chocolate? Leave it to William Shakespeare, master of dysfunctional romances, to cure your heartache as Holy City Shakespeare presents their take on his hilarious classic Much Ado About Nothing. Putting a more modern spin on the 16th-century comedy, HCS sets the characters in a small, Southern town at the end of World War II, proving that love — as well as cheating, lying, and rumors — is timeless. “People want money, they misunderstand each other, they want sex, they want to be loved, they break hearts, they get drunk. These things happened then, and they’re happening in our play,” says cast member Tara Denton. With authentic Southern folk music from Charleston country artist Roger Bellow as well as rowdy barn dancing, the play focuses on soldiers returning from war, coming home to family, potential mates, and secret plots threatening to pull them apart. Filled with classic Shakespearean cases of mistaken identities, faked deaths, and true love, Much Ado About Nothing promises much more than its title suggests. “If you’ve never seen Shakespeare or you’re an aficionado, you’ll come out feeling like you’ve just been acquainted with a great friend,” Denton says.