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The Comedy of Errors

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Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors
A Taste 'O Shakespeare's Steam-Punk 2014 Performance of The Comedy of Errors, the FULL-LENGTH PLAY recorded at the Longmont Performing Arts Center, Colorado.

Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" is one of his earliest and shortest plays, believed to have been written in the early 1590s. It is a farcical comedy that revolves around mistaken identities and misunderstandings, leading to hilarious situations. The play is based on the ancient Roman play "Menaechmi" by Plautus, but Shakespeare added his own creative twists and turns to the plot.

Plot Summary:

The play begins with the introduction of Aegeon, an old merchant from Syracuse, who recounts a tale of how he and his wife lost their twin sons and twin servants during a shipwreck many years ago. One son, Antipholus of Syracuse, and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, have grown up in Syracuse, while the other pair, Antipholus of Ephesus, and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus, have grown up in Ephesus.

Antipholus of Syracuse decides to leave Syracuse in search of his long-lost twin brother, and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, accompanies him on his journey. Unbeknownst to them, Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus are also in Ephesus, where the majority of the play takes place.

Upon arriving in Ephesus, the confusion begins when people mistake the Syracusian twins for their Ephesian counterparts due to their identical appearances. This leads to a series of misunderstandings and absurd situations. Antipholus of Syracuse is puzzled by the strange behavior of people in Ephesus, while Antipholus of Ephesus faces increasing confusion as everyone treats him as if they know him.

The confusion is further compounded when Adriana, the wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband and locks him out of their home. Meanwhile, Dromio of Ephesus is also mistaken for his Syracusian twin by Adriana's sister, Luciana, leading to comical dialogues.

As the play progresses, the misunderstandings escalate, involving a gold chain, a courtesan named Luce (mistaken for Adriana), and the appearance of Aegeon, who has been sentenced to death in Ephesus for violating the law that forbids Syracusians from entering the city.

In the final act, all the characters converge at the marketplace, where the confusion reaches its peak. Eventually, the Abbess, who is revealed to be Emilia, the long-lost wife of Aegeon, enters and unveils the truth. The twin brothers and their servants are reunited, and the identity mix-ups are resolved.


"The Comedy of Errors" is primarily a farce and focuses on the theme of mistaken identity. The play explores the chaos and hilarity that arises from the confusion caused by identical twins and their identical servants.

Additionally, the play touches on themes of family, love, and reunion. The separated family members are eventually reunited, highlighting the importance of familial bonds. The play also deals with issues of trust and loyalty, as characters grapple with whom to believe amid the confusion.

Overall, "The Comedy of Errors" is a delightful and fast-paced comedy that showcases Shakespeare's mastery of language, wordplay, and comedic situations. It remains a popular and entertaining play in modern theater due to its timeless themes and uproarious humor.
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