Saturday, May 31, 2008

Comedy of Errors x 2

Went to see The Comedy of Errors last night at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, actually a sort of reworking of the play with a frame set at Shepperton Studios, London, during WWII. A bunch of film stars with their own considerable personal issues are making a film of Errors to entertain the troops. The frame was quite well written, and there were even times I wanted to cut the Shakespeare scenes short and get back to the 'real' characters! Some overdone things with the staging, but the cast was so uniformly charming that it really worked. The two Dromios, the anxiously aging director and big Shakespearean star in 'real' life, were especially brilliant at switching back and forth from silly Shax slapstick to their neurotic '40s personas. There's some excellent singing in it, too, as they 'record' the soundtrack. Overall, I highly recommend it to anyone who's in the area. We went on a Friday night, and it was sadly very far from full, so it should be easy to get tickets.

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