BWW Reviews: A COMEDY OF ERRORS is a Hit
The Cincinnati Shakespeare production of A Comedy of Errors was a delightful show. I find that Cincy Shakes really excels at comedies and they had all their strong comedic actors in this one and their presence was very much felt. A Comedy of Errors is about 2 sets of twins that were separated and then one half of them shows up at the other half's hometown. Of course this means insanity ensues because they all get mixed up for one another and cause havoc on each other's lives. Like most Shakespeare plays, the second act is much more interesting and entertaining but the actors did their best to make the first act enjoyable as well.
To this day, I can't get over how much Jeremy Dubin and Paul Riopelle look alike. It wasn't until I saw that Justin McCombs and Josh Katawick were actual different people that I was sure Dubin and Riopelle were as well. I digress and move on because all 4 of these men were hilarousitcal. There's a monologue at the end of the show that Katawick performs that is a riot and shows the true level of commitment the actors brought to this productions. It can be easy to not bring your A game when it come to comedies because if a line is funny, most people will laugh but the talent comes from actors making the line their own and really selling it to the audience. These 4 men, which this show relies heavily on, did just that. There's no way to decide who was better or funnier than the other because its a 4 way tie as it should be. The females in this show were also good, especially Miranda McGee.
There are times when the first act of this show feels like it will never end but you must persevere through those times because the second act is great and well worth the wait. A Comedy of Errors is currently playing at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company through December 13th and is directed by Patrick Flick.
Photo Credit: Mikki Schaffner Photography