Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

The Comedy of Errors

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Great acting

About the show

The Mobile Unit presents a free production of 'Comedy of Errors,' Shakespeare's comedy about two sets of twins mistaken for each other. Performed at community venues and in a "sit-down" performance at The Public Theater. More…

Mistaken identity leads to delightful mayhem in the Bard’s classic play about two sets of twins separated by stormy seas. When one pair dares to trespass into a foreign city to find the other, the comedy of errors begins and the long-lost brothers must overcome wrongful imprisonment, angry wives and hilarious confusion on their journey to a joyful reunion. The Public’s Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Shakespeare based on the idea that Shakespeare belongs to everyone. The Mobile Unit presents free Shakespeare to prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, and other community venues throughout the five boroughs.

1h 30m | Already closed | Public Theater (East Village)

Member Reviews (14)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Great acting
82
Avg Score

80
Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy the works of the Bard done by a creative team

Don't see it if you hate shakespeare

80
2013 delacorte theater (central park), Shakespeare in the park, Jesse tyler ferguson as both 'dromio's, Hamish linklater as both antipholus roles, Entertaining

See it if Shakespeare's most famous and most physical comedy gets a workout with 90+ degree summer temps. ANY production of this farce is worth a look

Don't see it if Skip if U find "physical comedy" boring. Convoluted story-line may be hard to follow for 1st-timers so if U aren't into reading it then skip

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare, comedy or both. There's a lot of things happening so you need to be attentive to the different storylines.

Don't see it if you have a hard time following different storylines and/or Shakespearian language.

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you support The Public's outreach initiatives and want to see a relatable, streamlined Shakespearean farce that will keep you laughing.

Don't see it if you want a robust production with period costumes and elaborate sets. This one is meant to be portable and play in non-traditional venues.

91
Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy reimagined shows with modern twists

Don't see it if You do not like classic shows to be changed in any way

60
Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Funny

See it if You like the old tale about mistaken identities.

Don't see it if You don't like the circus.

95
Clever, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You like plays that have an interesting story that needs a little bit of attention to follow.

Don't see it if You are confused by Shakespeare, or don't pay attention in plays.

91
Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You like comedy

Don't see it if You don’t like shakespeare

94
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you love hilarious stories of mistaken identities.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare

90
Entertaining, Hilarious, Intense, Relevant, Profound

See it if A must see for the theatre goer!

Don't see it if You don't appreciate laughter.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if you love Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't like classics

100
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Loved this show!

Don't see it if Everyone will love this show.

During previews
72
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Delightful, Confusing

See it if you enjoy relatable and accessible Shakespeare; being close to the action; small casts playing many characters; strong stagecraft.

Don't see it if you need to have a simple plot laid out before you; you need to have the house lights down (these aren't, to mimic their tour facilities).

During previews
85
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if You love Shakespeare, comedy, theatrical imagination and community

Don't see it if You hate language, updated Shakespeare, are precious about language, or need super clear plotting


November 6th, 2015
"Contemporary flourishes are never allowed to obstruct the unimpeded forward movement of a comedy built for speed, or the larger theme of identities lost and found…The bawdy puns, the elaborate explication of intricate back stories: These familiar staples of any 'Comedy of Errors' are rendered he...
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November 5th, 2015
"The performances vary in quality, and the comedic bits occasionally become too exaggerated, but its rough, rowdy and youthful tone is a testament to the accessibility promoted by this worthy enterprise."
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November 5th, 2015
"Simultaneously urgent and irreverent new production…Under Kwei-Armah's limber and unpretentious direction, the contrivance of the plot really works…By setting 'The Comedy of Errors' on the U.S.-Mexican border, Kwei-Armah brings the themes of this 421-year-old play into stark relief: political bo...
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November 5th, 2015
"This is a production that, like the play itself, just wants to have fun, and actually couldn't care less about the world outside its crazy boundaries.…There's not much in the way of deep feelings afoot, but the stakes are high enough that you (like the characters) remain invested…Aside from the ...
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