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THE COMEDY OF ERRORS 2007
The Stage review of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at The Roman Theatre, Verulamium St Albans
One of the Bard's earlier plays, this piece is often considered simplistic in comparison to other classics. Brimming with raucous humour and elements of pure slapstick, it can at first raise the question ''can this really be the same writer who gave us Lear?"
However, the message is deceptive, for it appears that the rich, yet bouncy, dialogue is filled with hidden meanings and thought provoking depth.
All playing multiple roles, it would be unfair to single out any individuals, but it must be said that Alex Marshall (playing one of the Dromios) possesses a mobile face and a comic charisma which makes him notably watchable. Wendy Macphee who also adds atmosphere with some tasteful harp playing, presides over the proceedings with a subtle, mature dignity.
In its setting of the open air Roman Theatre, and blessed with an evening of fine weather, this was Shakespeare in its purest form, yet cleverly made accessible to a modern audience.
NO MISTAKE ON FUN HIT
The tranquil setting of Ventnor Botanic Garden was awash with laughter as Theatre
The story revolves around two sets of twins of the same name -
Peter Lundie Wager was excellent as Dromio of Syracuse, the slave of Antipholus of Syracuse, who was played by Tony Portacio. This hapless pair arrive in another land, where they are mistaken for their unknown twins, Dromio of Ephesus, who was played by Alex Marshall and his boss, Antipholus of Ephesus, played by Jonathan Gunning.
Confused? You could easily have been if you weren't concentrating fully on this fast-
Jo Price was particularly good as she switched between male and female roles, including
the Duke of Ephesus, Luciana the spirited noblewoman, and a courtesan who loves jewellery.
With musical themes from Orpheus in the Underworld, period costumes and three tents from which to enter and exit the stage area at speed, this clever outdoor performance in the New Zealand Garden was well worth seeing.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY PRESS
Friday August 10 200
The play was THE COMEDY OF ERRORS and even if, like my kids, the very thought of watching Shakespeare makes you want to yawn, we were in for an absolute treat.
Complicated as the plot may be, it is incredibly easy to follow when it's presented
as well and as enthusiastically as it is by 'Theatre Set-
It is -
Whatever you, do don't miss it because you think that Shakespeare isn't your thing.
Give it a chance -
LONAN 3's blog
Isle of Man
(on the performance at Peel Castle)
SEDUCTION AND HUMOUR IN CASTLE DOORWERTH
Aegeon, the old merchant tells his life story. ''I married, and two sons, identical twins were born. At the same moment a poor woman gave birth to identical twins. I bought these boys, so that they might become servants to my sons."
The complications following these events were just the thing for Shakespeare. Theatre
Wendy Macphee, no longer one of the youngest players, is the founder of this very special company. She plays a small harp, seated in a corner of the Knights Hall, but keeps a close eye on the other seven actors. Now and then she leaves her instrument and appears like a real, almost royal lady to play her part.
It goes without saying that such a professional English company, which specialises in Shakespeare, has a high level of performance. The stage is already set: the stately Knights Hall, with steps, antique chairs and window seats. Costumes and shoes are colourful, masks and wigs help to create the proper atmosphere of the era. The women are dressed in virgin white or fiery red, and the men are clad in colourful garments. It is a pleasure to hear the old English, the dialogues and the animated voices. At a rapid pace altercations are shot into the audience who follow the dialogues with intense concentration.
There is a real connoisseur in the audience, a professor from Arizona. She and her husband are staying with friends in Deventer: ''This is a special treat for us'', she says, with a broad smile.
With abundant body language the actors succeed in carrying the essence of the story, the tension increasing organically. One moment theatrically, the other lightheartedness prevails. There is passion and seduction as well as intention to murder. But it is typical of Shakespeare that the drama which is meant to make you sad, is interspersed with that specific humour.
by Maria Derckx, (translated by Kitty Brongers)
June 29 2007
Performance in Castle Doorworth, The Netherlands.
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