The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


August 22, 2013

Comedy of Errors sparkles on the Mainstage



Each of the two brothers also has a servant, who are also twins, Dromio of Syracuse (Andrew Persinger) and Dromio of Ephesus (Martin Stapleton). The ensuing confusion bewitches everyone, including the twins themselves and Adriana, wife of Antipholus of Ephesus (Marina Turner) and her sister, Luciana (Tara Tremaine).

And then there is the arrival of the masterfully cast Courtesan, played by Zachary Ryan Allen. There is no way not to notice this character in black boots, garters and corset accented with shrill red, leopard-lined drapery. The Courtesan primps and sasses, sashaying an ample mane of red curly hair atop easily the tallest person in the cast.

The black-hooded, hand-wringing Igor-esque Dr. Pinch, (the Duke’s alter-ego?) is another memorable character who seizes the stage for a brief moment.

Expect silly tomfoolery and a little bawdiness in this production. Like the slapstick of The Three Stooges there is ear-grabbing, walloping and the occasional knock-out caused by running into something. The very feminine Luciana inelegantly stomps across the stage as she drags Antipholus desperately holding onto her leg. Dromio’s attempt to get the door open at Antipholus’ house provides a hilarious if crass moment when merchants clasp kerchiefs to their noses.

The Jester sets the whimsical tone, but there are plenty of moments that lend twinkle to the farce. The actors are occasionally startled by a burst of edge-of-the-seat sound, or they freeze while one actor muses to the audience. At one point, Dromio of Syracuse breaks character to sit in the audience and comment caustically on the values of youth today. Puppets mimic and mock the action of the play from time to time.

The curtain call may not be written into the script anywhere, but it is not to be missed.

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