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*Comedy of Errors*
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0666.  Monday, 16 June 1997.

[1]     From:   David Hale <
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        Date:   Friday, 13 Jun 97 14:11:34 EDT
        Subj:   [*Comedy of Errors*]

[2]     From:   Virginia M. Byrne <
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        Date:   Saturday, 14 Jun 1997 16:33:16 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Comedy of Errors


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From:           David Hale <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Jun 97 14:11:34 EDT
Subject:        [*Comedy of Errors*]

SHAKSPEReans in or passing through upstate New York may be interested in
the production of "Comedy of Errors" through June 29th at GeVa Theatre
in Rochester. Ephesus has been reimagined as New Orleans during Mardi
Gras. Most of the costumes are quite elaborate-Duke Solinus as King
Neptune, Luciana as a "sweet mermaid" (3.2.45), and so on. The cast has
been augmented by an assortment of revelers and two "courtesanettes" who
enjoy a scene with Antipholus in a hot tub. There are six strolling
musicians who play frequently through the performance in a variety of
styles-blues, gospel, etc. There are big musical numbers before 1.1 and
at the end, with lyrics pieced together from the play and the sonnets.
The Antipholuses and Dromios are doubled, distinguished by hats; this
works well, even at the end when hats are changed frequently to indicate
changes in speakers. One notable bit is in the courtship scene.
Antipholus's "give me thy hand" (3.2.69) leads to an increasingly
passionate embrace, rather than postponing any positive response until
the end.  Generally it's a well paced and enjoyable performance.

David Hale
SUNY Brockport

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From:           Virginia M. Byrne <
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Date:           Saturday, 14 Jun 1997 16:33:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Comedy of Errors

Will be directing CofE in the fall with all female cast...am working on
it now...any help from those who have directed it . . . specific
questions #1 how long does it run uncut..I know it is the shortest of
the plays but not too sure how much I should cut.

#2 any suggestions on staging the opening 'story" I.i?

#3 how did you distinguish between twins?


Any suggestions or ideas gratefully appreciated.

Just bought a ticket to THE HERBAL BED . . . anyone seen it or know
anything about Susanna's adultery accusation other than that there was
one...with a Quiney was it? or was that who Judith married? Can't keep
them straight . . . thank God she wasn't in the US military . . .

Thanks in advance
 

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