By William Shakespeare
Directed by Edward Hall
Imagine you're on an island, unaware that your twin brother is
there as well. Imagine further that your brother's wife mistakes
you for him-but not before you've tried to seduce his wife's
sister. Add to this marvelously byzantine mix the gender-bending
antics of Edward Hall's inimitable all-male Shakespeare troupe,
Propeller, and you have The Comedy of Errors for the ages:
effervescent, irreverent, and deliciously convoluted.
The creative team behind the critically lauded 2007 Spring Season productions of The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night, Hall and company handle each episode of mistaken identity with expert command. When Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant arrive in Ephesus, they have no idea that it's also the home of their twin brothers. The result is chaos. Beatings and arrests ensue, followed by accusations of theft, infidelity, and madness. But in the end, comedy and happiness prevail, as mayhem gives way to love and reconciliation.
Design by Michael Pavelka
Lighting design by Ben Ormerod