|Theatre Arts presents Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors"|
The Department of Theatre Arts will present William Shakespeare’s "The Comedy of Errors" for the department’s final season production. Its the first comic play that Shakespeare wrote, and revolves around mistaken identities. In comparison to Shakespeare’s later comedies, "The Comedy of Errors" is more farcical and raucous in laughs and sight gags.
The story follows a young man, Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio, searching for their long-lost identical twins in the city of Ephesus. Unbeknownst to Antipholus and Dromio, their twins happen to currently reside in Ephesus and are well known throughout the town. Both Antipholus and Dromio believe the town is “enchanted” because everyone seems to know them. Moreover, Dromio’s twin, also known as Dromio, mistakes Antipholus for his master, because his own master is also named Antipholus of Ephesus.
The confusion accelerates when Adriana, the wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, berates the man she thinks is her husband - Antipholus of Syracuse - for not coming home in the evenings. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse falls in love with Adriana’s younger sister, Luciana. Luciana is horrified to find out the man she thinks is Adriana’s husband is really in love with her.
To further highlight the physical comedy of Shakespeare’s play, Theatre Arts has placed the time and location of this production in a 1920s-era silent film studio, the period of the great silent film comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
"Comedy of Errors" is a play for the entire family. The production can be seen at the UND Burtness Theatre, Tuesday, April 17, through Saturday, April 21. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and free reserved parking is available. For more information and reservations, contact the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at 777-2587.