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The Comedy of Errors

a Comedy
by William Shakespeare

COMPANY : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
ID# 486

SHOWING : May 25, 2002 - June 30, 2002



Shakespeare's early Comedie, a tale of two sets of twins, mistaken identities, and great raucous fun.

Cast Tony Brown
Stage Manager Cindy Kearns
A Merchant (Creditor to Angelo) Eric Brooks
Egeon (Father to the Antipholi); Nell Tony Brown
Antipholus (of Syracuse) Kyle Crew
Balthasar (a merchant) Larry Davis
Luciana (Sister to Adriana) Karla Droege
Adriana (Wife to Antipholus E.) Tomi Funderburk
Jailor J.C. Long
Dromio (of Syracuse) Marc McPherson
Aemilia (an abbess at Ephesus) Jackie Prucha
Angelo (A Goldsmith) Winslow Thomas
Duke Solinus, Dr. Pinch Dikran Tulaine
Antipholus (of Ephesus) Jeff Watkins
Dromio (of Ephesus) Justin Welborn
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Excellent performance
by jdmcfadden
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Saw Houchins, Scott and Hester take on the entire canon of the Bard and do it hilariously. It's a sometimes earthy production (kids would love it - mine did) that tries to cover everything from the Scottish play to the sonnets and every history and comedy in between. I saw the Friday night performance Aug. 14 with my family and we loved it. Check it out. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
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Style and Substance
by Dedalus
Sunday, June 30, 2002
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Comedy of Errors” was as near to flawless as it is possible to get. The production hit every note right, from the pathos of Tony Brown’s Aegeon to the slapstick of the mixed twins to the delight in the language to the joy in the final reconciliations. This is what we go to Shakespeare for!

There were no bad performances, no garbled lines, no moment that did not ring true. Some of you may find this last point surprising, since the essence of the performances of Justin Welborn and Marc McPherson as the two Dromios was exaggerated mugging and over-the-top slapstick. But they seemed right. The Tavern’s usual style of involving the audience, a feature of the Elizabethan original, was especially adept this time out – specific audience members were chosen and were returned to throughout. When the over-the-top moments came, they were not out of place, and would have been missed if they had been avoided.

The serious moments gave surprising substance to the silly goings-on. Antipholus of Syracuse’s wooing of Luciana was hot and compelling, Aemilia’s reunion with Aegeon was very moving, and the seriousness of Aegeon’s position at the top of the play was believable. With moments like these sharing stage time with the antics of the Dromios, it is, in my humble opinion, absolutely remarkable that the evening held together and seemed like it was all part of the same play. Director Tony Brown has to take credit for this.

Also deserving credit were the performances by Tony Brown, Jackie Prucha, Jeff Watkins, Justin Welborn, Kyle Crew, Marc McPherson, Tomi Funderburk, and Karla Droege.

No, this production broke no new ground, and provided no new insights into the play (other than making it seem less superficial than it usually does). But considering some of the disastrous interpretations I’ve seen (let us PLEASE soon forget Georgia Shakespeare Festival’s decision to play it with Greek accents), sometimes the right combination of cast and director can make the “same old” seem refreshingly original.

--- Brad Rudy (


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