The Adrian College theatre department will be presenting William Shakespeare’s, “Comedy of Errors.” It will be showing Dec. 3-Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Downs Hall theater.
“I saw this play when I was in college,” director Annisa Morgenson-Lindsey said. “It is by far my favorite comedy; it’s just so much fun.”
Sophomore Shelley DeHosse, a musical theater major and one of the lead roles, agrees that the play was a good selection.
“Prior to this semester, I had read ‘Comedy of Errors’ once, and I had seen it twice, so I knew a good deal about it,” she said. “However, until the cast got together to read through the play, I had not realized exactly how much hilarious innuendo there was in it. I think that there are moments in the play that many high school students would not necessarily pick up on in that way, but Annissa’s staging for this production makes these things very hard to miss.”
DeHosse plays a character who she says always seems to be frazzled and tries to stay away from disorder.
“I play Dromio of Ephesus- servant to Antipholus, and twin to Dromio of Syracuse,” she said. “Basically, I’m the punching bag of the show. For my character, I’m always on my feet, and I can’t seem to escape the chaos. In general, I’m very grateful and thrilled to be in this show, and I’m loving every minute of it.”
Sophomore Gabrielle Piazza, who also has a lead role in the production, said the play has an interesting plot.
“The play is about a set of identical twins, and their identical servants, who were separated at birth,” she said. “One [twin] sets out to look for the other and ends up getting himself involved in a series of mistaken identities and mishaps when he gets to his brother’s city.”
DeHosse also said the character relations add to the already complex plot.
“In essence, the play is a grand mix-up of characters and events,” she said. “Masters and servants are mistaken for one another, which leads to several marital and monetary problems.”
According to Morgenson-Lindsey, “Comedy of Errors” is one of Shakespeare’s shortest scripts and the department decided not to make any cuts. Instead, they chose to put their own twist on the show by having the female performer play as male characters and vise versa.
“When you read Shakespeare you don’t pick up on the nuances of his writing, or in the case of this show the innuendo,” Piazza said. “It is totally different than any lit(erature) class I’ve ever had.”
Morgenson-Lindsey believes people will really enjoy the play.
“It’s one of [Shakespeare’s] funniest, full of innuendos, puns and witty humor. I can guarantee that you will laugh,” she said. “You will find it funny.”
Students, staff, and members of the community are invited. The will be a $5 admission fee for students, staff and senior citizens. All other attendees will be charged $7.