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A Comedy Of Errors At The Globe [May. 21st, 2016|10:31 am]
Tony Grist
The Comedy of Errors is an oddity- farce rather than comedy- and not much like anything else in the canon. We know it was presented at a big shindig at Gray's Inn and it's my guess the lawyers commissioned it specially; They'd have been grammar school boys and therefore Latinists- and I can see them going to the players and saying, "We want something as much like Plautus as you can make it". It's a heartless play- by Shakespearian standards- but with the potential to be genuinely funny. Right at the end- with the families reunited- comes a chance to do something other than merely amuse- and echoes bounce back- across the breadth of a career- from Cymbeline and A Winter's Tale.

This Globe production (2014) majors on knockabout. It's a big stage- with plenty of room to go large- and there's chasing and beating and throwing and shouting.  Much violence is done- but no-one is really hurt- and no doubt this sort of thing went on at the original Globe as well. Shakespeare's clowns were big stars and to get there they must have done a lot more than is preserved in the play texts. A wordless opening sequence- quite unShakespearian- involving a Dromio (Jamie Wilks) and a clothesline- is slow burn physical comedy and worthy of Buster Keaton.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2016-05-21 02:25 pm (UTC)
I loved this. For the silly fish-related violence, principally.

And it was a nice ensemble piece - none of the actors entirely taking over, as sometimes happens in the star productions.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-05-21 03:50 pm (UTC)
It's very good fun.

A bit like children's TV- all bright costumes and rushing about- but with added bawdry.

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[User Picture]From: sovay
2016-05-21 10:09 pm (UTC)
A wordless opening sequence- quite unShakespearian- involving a Dromio (Jamie Wilks) and a clothesline- is slow burn physical comedy and worthy of Buster Keaton.

Sounds good to me.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-05-22 09:08 am (UTC)
It is.
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