The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kate Kohler Amory
October 15-17, 7:30 pm
October 18, 2 pm
October 22- 24, 7:30 pm
October 25, 2 pm
The comic device of “identical twins separated at birth and reunited by chance” gag is fundamental to farce. In The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare goes one better by giving each identical twin an identical twin servant. When Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio arrive in the city of Ephesus, they have no idea that their identical twins, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant Dromio, await. The mayhem that ensues as the visitors are constantly mistaken for the hometown pair leaves Antipholus of Syracuse reveling in foreign hospitality and Antipholus of Ephesus horrified as he watches his world fall apart. The Dromios do their best to keep up as they are caught between the two, obeying all the wrong orders.
Set in the 1920’s, this production of the Bard’s beloved farce will be a mash-up of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Will Shakespeare. Complete with live slient movie style piano accompaniment and featuring clown tango, this madcap romp of mistaken identities is sure to delight!
Thursday, October 22 includes a pre-show conversation at 6:30 pm: “Shakespeare: Seeing the Story”
Tickets: $15 general/$10 students and seniors
Purchase online: salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365
All performances will take place in the Callan Studio Theatre, located in the basement of the Sullivan Building.