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November 11, 2009 > Theatre Preview: The Comedy of Errors promises double the fun

Theatre Preview: The Comedy of Errors promises double the fun

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Meenu Gupta

Mission San Jose High School's Little Theatre is off to a merry start with Bard of Avon's great comic play about a case of mistaken identity. The story of the double identities and the confusion as a result, is an oft-repeated tale. But when the story has been penned by the great Stratford playwright William Shakespeare, you want to sit up and wait for the curtain to rise. The play begins with a merchant of Syracuse named Aegeon (Karthik Raman) being arrested in the town of Ephesus. His crime? The towns of Ephesus and Syracuse have an age-old feud meaning a tradesman from Syracuse is far from welcome in Ephesus. Before Solinus, the Duke of Ephesus (Patrick Painter), Aegeon tells his sad story of how he lost his two young twins during a sea voyage. To make matters more complicated, the two sons have two servants who are also twins, both of which are separated too.

Antipholus of Syracuse (Connor Stokes) arrives in Ephesus with his servant Dromio of Syracuse (Erik Scilley). It turns out to be the home of their twins, Antipholus of Ephesus (Lance Smith) and his servant Dromio of Ephesus (Michael Feuerman). The two pairs of brothers become entangled in each other's lives as people mistake them for each other. Whose wife? What gold? Lots of slapstick humor and witty jokes combine with Shakespeare's favored subjects of love and loss.

Connor Stokes and Lance Smith play to the hilt, the actions and reactions of Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus respectively. Gina Gori is a forceful Adriana, contrasting nicely with Amy Mendonca as her gentle sister Luciana. Watch the fun-loving on-stage crew, Dromio of Syracuse (Erik Scilley) and Dromio of Ephesus (Michael Feuerman) revive the 400 year-old comic misadventures, guided and piloted by Anne Riley's sure and steady hand. No errors can be found in the able direction of Robert Norton, Lizzy Bode and Kristi Nguyen.

A talented cast that includes Rishi Saraswat, Gregory Hebert, Andrew Hu, Pooja Shah, Jessica Tran, Golzar Yousefi, Doug Wilson, Sarah Thomsen perform on a replica of a small Elizabethan stage. The simple set works perfectly to set the scene and the right mood for the play. Costume crewmembers Dita Kruger, Sai Moorthy have done a superb job of actually making the twins look alike. The Antipholuses have good wigs and grown matching beards while, helped by their hats, the Dromios are hard to tell apart.

To order tickets call (510) 668-6077 and provide the following information: your name, phone number, date of performance, number of tickets. To order by mail print the event order form and send ticket requests to Universal Performers, Mission San Jose High School, 41717 Palm Ave., Fremont. Or submit ticket requests at the Box Office in person. For tickets and information please email or call (510) 668-6077.

Hats off to the students for their hard work and delivery of comedic lines. The result is a romp of uncanny confusion, evoking fun for the young and old alike.

Comedy of Errors
Friday & Saturday, November 13, 14
7:30 p.m.
Mission San Jose High School Little Theatre
41717 Palm Ave., Fremont
(510) 668-6077

Adults: $11
Seniors, Children under 12 and Universal Performers members: $9

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