Closed 1h 30m
The Comedy of Errors
East Village
82

The Comedy of Errors NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(14 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
7%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (14)

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

Critic Reviews (10)

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 here with clarifying physical and musical annotations. What’s more surprising is how moving the production becomes when the play’s titular errors begin to correct themselves."
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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 boundaries and regional disparity are still with us."
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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 immigration concept, director Kwame Kwei-Armah applies at best a light imprint that emphasizes the improbable, even improvisatory, nature of the whole thing."
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November 8th, 2015

"The Dromios (played to both great comic effect by Lucas Caleb Rooney) and the Antipholi (Bernardo Cubría) are indicated by different hat styles (one rancher, one baseball cap) and feature vastly different personalities. The two twins do a remarkable job, especially at the climax, of jumping back and forth between the characters by holding a hat over an empty space and speaking directly to it."
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November 7th, 2015

"'Comedy of Errors' is an indestructible dramatic vehicle...Though this scaled-down production is less ambitious than the Public's 'Comedy' in Central Park in 2013, it shares the same buoyancy of that al fresco outing.The acting here is sassy and smart...What makes this production hum beyond the able acting, is the swimmingly good direction. Kwame Kwei-Armah does wonders with the recognition scene of Act 5."
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November 5th, 2015

"I was struck with the notion of sending this slender company to Oregon where the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned thirty-six playwrights to translate Shakespeare’s plays into modern English. No need; these guys have nailed it. Nothing’s lost in translation here…The thing is, this is fun. It is lively and joyous. It is one of those uncommon experiences in theater when the joke is absurd and we are all delighted to be in on the joke. Just go."
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November 5th, 2015

"What distinguishes this production most of all is the outsized enthusiasm of the seven-member cast…Together, the actors make it their mission to engage as many individual members of the audience as they can…This must have gone over great in the prisons and shelters full of ignored and neglected people. At the Public itself, with its sophisticated theater-going crowd, it goes over great as well."
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November 11th, 2015

"Director Kwame Kwei-Armah creates a fantastical, free-wheeling, free-falling, unpretentious chain reaction wind-up production full of delight and delirium. However, the British playwright-director rarely allows the actors to truly milk some of the more beautiful and languid of monologues; it also doesn't help that the three hour epic was sliced-and-diced in half...Full of verve and vision, 'The Comedy of Errors' is not only a laughing matter, it insists on having the last laugh."
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November 9th, 2015

"While the entire cast is marvelous and hysterical, these leading men really stand out and are commendable for their portrayals of the twins... When faced with a Shakespeare show most worry over the long hours they are about to endure, but there is no need to worry here: Running at 90 minutes with no intermission and constantly filled with infectious energy and fun the show breezes by- You can’t help but have a smile on your face for the entire hour and half."
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