Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Gil Gonzalez
The Robinson Theatre
Wednesday-Saturday (October 16-19, 2013) 8:00p.m.
Sunday (October 20) 2:00 p.m.
Seniors & Students: $9.00
Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors is the
slapstick farce of his youth. In it, the lost twin sons
of the old merchant Egeon—both named Antipholus—find
themselves in Ephesus, without either one even knowing
of the other's existence. Meanwhile, Egeon has arrived
in search of the son he thinks is still alive—and has
been sentenced to death for the "crime" of being from
To add to the confusion, the two
Antipholuses have twin servants, both named Dromio. As
the four men unwittingly encounter each other, the play
is crammed with wildly escalating misunderstandings
before the truth emerges and Egeon is pardoned.
Shakespeare bases his story on
Plautus’s Menaechmi, a play about identical twins who
accidentally meet after a lifetime apart. He borrows
from another Plautus play by having Adriana, the wife of
one Antipholus, entertain the other. The spirited
Adriana often gives speeches evoking strong emotions—as
do other characters at times. Even here, Shakespeare
suggests complexities beyond the farce.
The Comedy of Errors was performed in
late 1594, and Shakespeare probably wrote it between
1592 and 1594. The play was published in the 1623 First
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