Theatre Review: The Comedy of Errors

A tight show perfect for an afternoon’s worth of cheese and wine, Raw Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors makes for pleasant viewing.

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Presented by Raw Shakespeare Project
Reviewed 02 Feb 2019

A tight show perfect for an afternoon’s worth of cheese and wine, Raw Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors makes for pleasant viewing.

One of Shakespeare’s more farcical comedies sees the young dashing Antipholus of Syracuse with his servant Dromio arriving in Ephesus while unbeknownst to them there are identical locals which they are mistaken by wives and members of the community for – the local Antipholus and Dromio. A classic mistaken identity and pun peppered frolic ensures.

It is a tight cast of eight strong and agile performers that makes this quick witted show so watchable.

There were strong performances from the whole cast but the luck director Damien White had was to cast the two Dromios with siblings Isabella and Phoebe Shaw, who gave the mistaken identity trope a legitimate edge with the audience at times wondering which twin they were in fact watching. The whole cast seemed to work well together and there were a couple of Raw Shakespeare’s theatre regulars who did not disappoint including the Shaws and White himself, with some competent newcomers Kate van der Horst and Heather Crawford.

This company is well known for their traveling winery shows and this production is a perfect summer afternoon comedy for that environment. In this circumstance though I saw the show at the Marion RSL. The cast was mostly strong and easy to understand with location and environmental problems making the cast somewhat difficult to hear. It is clear the cast was battling a difficult performance space and an Adelaide summer weather. Despite the setbacks caused by these uncontrollable factors, the cast was smooth with their execution and there were strongly built and easily identifiable characters.

Reviewed by Simon Lancione

Venue:  Fox Creek Wines
Season:  February 9th
Duration:  90 mins
Tickets:  $ 20/15
Bookings:  https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=455268&

 

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