Buy Tickets From the 2020-2021 Season: The Comedy of Errors Playing January 08, 2022 to February 06, 2022

$15 General Admission Preview Thursday January 6, 2022
$20 General Admission Preview Friday January 7, 2022

All Comedy of Errors Sunday shows are at 2:30pm only. Lunch menu available at 1:15pm.

Nicholas Hoop, Ruth Mary Charleston, Chris Hecke, Mary Ruth Ralston (photo by Daniel Parvis)

Two sets of twins, one case of mistaken identity, and a nun walk onto the stage. No, it’s not the start of a joke, but it is hilarious! The Comedy of Errors takes Shakespearean funny to such slap-happy heights, you’ll be dizzy with laughter. This tale of the merchant twins Antipholus and their attendant twins Dromio is full of errors, upsets, and fun.

We are excited to welcome vaccinated and masked patrons back into our building!  Click here to read our COVID Safety Measures and How Can You Be Prepared. 

Speaking of COVID...

While it is our intent to go forward with the show as listed, if a performance or two needs to be canceled, (but we are still allowed to welcome small audiences) Shakespeare Out of a Hat will be presented for those who wish to use their COE tickets.

Shakespeare Out Of a Hat: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

No plans
No rehearsals
No way this will work (but it DOES!)

What started as a Rolicking Good Time Tavern Late Night event in 2019 is now our Plan X if the current show can’t be performed that evening. We’ll gather our heartiest actors (both in guts and in negative COVID tests), pull their roles out of a hat just before showtime, and then present an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, intermission and all, for you, our equally vaxxed ‘n masked ‘n COVID negative audience.

Food and drinks available before and during intermission.

All patrons with reservations for any canceled The Comedy of Errors performance will be given hopefully at least 24 hours notice of the schedule change. Exchanges are an option.  Schedule changes will also be announced on the website and our social media outlets. What’s the likelihood this will happen? We are taking every action to go forward with our shows as scheduled. There’s a reasonable chance we would need to make this schedule change in the next couple of months.

Read the Plot Synopsis

Synopsis for The Comedy of Errors

-Adapted from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin

Aegeon, a veteran merchant from Syracuse arrives in the enemy city of Ephesus. His appearance is cause for a death sentence unless he finds a way to buy his freedom by the end of the day. He goes to the Duke of Ephesus, a kind and understanding man.  Aegeon talks about his twin sons and their twin attendants and how his family was separated in a shipwreck. Aegeon came to Ephesus in search of his sons.
Meanwhile, Aegeon’s son the bachelor Antipholus and his attendant Dromio have also arrived in Ephesus. Because the other set of twins (Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus) reside in Ephesus, confusion and mistaken identities begin immediately. Dromio of Ephesus mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse as his companion and vice versa. Adriana, wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, mistakenly escorts the wrong Antipholus home for lunch.  Antipholus of Ephesus arrives home for lunch, only to be turned away by Dromio of Syracuse who is guarding the gate.
Angered at being shunned from his own home, he decides to take revenge by having lunch with a courtesan and giving her a gift he was going to give his wife (a gold chain). To further complicate things, during lunch, Antipholus of Syracuse falls in love with Adriana’s sister, Luciana. However, Luciana is unwilling to listen to words of love from a man she believes to be her brother-in-law.
His attendant, Dromio, on the other hand, is being pursued by the kitchen maid. Antipholus of Syracuse, by now hopelessly confused (aren’t we all?) plans to escape from Ephesus before the end of the day.  On his way to the ship, Antipholus of Ephesus is arrested for payment of the gold chain Antipholus of Syracuse was given on the way to the ship (the gift he bought for his wife). He gets put in jail, attacked by his “supposed wife”, her sister, and the courtesan.
This confusion between the twins comes to a head and is finally resolved when both sets of brothers are brought together in front of an Abby. The abbess also reunites Aegeon with his wife, Aemelia, who had taken refuge in the convent after the shipwreck.  Everyone goes into the abby to celebrate the reunion.

Director's Notes

Directed by O'Neil Delapenha

Show Information

Show Roles

Solinus, Duke of Ephesus - Kaleb Mitchell
Aegeon, a merchant of Syracuse - Vinnie Mascola
Aemilia, wife to Aegeon, Abbess at Ephesus - Becky Cormier Finch
Antipholus of Ephesus - Nicholas Hoop
Dromio of Ephesus - Ruth Mary Charleston
Antipholus of Syracuse - Chris Hecke
Dromio of Syracuse - Mary Ruth Ralston
Adriana, wife to Antipholus of Ephesus - Kati Grace Brown
Luciana, her sister - Ebony Jerry
Angelo, a goldsmith - Adam King
Balthasar, a merchant - Mila Bolash
A Courtesan - Rivka Levin
Pinch, a schoolmaster - Kaleb Mitchell
Merchant - Kelly Clare Toland
Jailer - Mila Bolash
Luce - Vinnie Mascola

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 2:30pm.

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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