The Comedy of Errors

the Comedy of Errors posterBy William Shakespeare

Directed by: Lee Wilson

Performances: November 11-13, & 18-20, 2010

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern                    Languages Building

          

Believed to be one of Shakespeare's earliest plays, The Comedy of Errors relies heavily on character mix-ups and witty dialogue – the ingredients of what is now called situation comedy. The story is based on two sets of twins who are unaware of each other’s existence. When the twins converge in Ephesus (present-day western Turkey) their journey towards (self-) discovery produces a host of farcical mix-ups and many unexpected plot twists. 

While the play’s emphasis on slapstick over verbal humor has led earlier critics to consider it an apprentice work of Shakespeare's, many are now finding deeper explorations of issues of identity, gender, love and marriage in it.  Whatever the “errors” of this comedy may be, the play has always been very popular with audiences who have revelled in the characters’ comical confusions and enjoyed Shakespeare’s skilful untangling of the plot complications.