Marin Shakespeare Company - Hey nonny nonny and wild Shakespeare!--Pacific Sun

The Comedy of Errors

What the Critics Said:

Adriana and mistaken identity

“Hey nonny nonny and wild Shakespeare!….I don’t think you will find a better outdoor Shakespeare event than Marin Shakespeare Company’s The Comedy of Errors….The setting is ideal, with hawks soaring over enormous trees that loom behind the stage so perfectly that one of them is spotlit during the performance….the Marin Shakespeare Company’s frenzied version under Robert S. Currier’s able direction gives the play just the right touch.

 

 

 

snake charmer from Marin Shakespeare Comedy of Errors 1992

 

And the numerous updated sight and sound gags work, even though you think they shouldn’t – everything from the “Twilight Zone” theme to the standard football charge, issued from a minaret to call to the faithful to the morning prayer….a visual feast so broad and complex that nobody could hope to take it all in. There are magicians and snake charmers, fishermen swallowing anchovies, merchants hawking their wares, con men playing curbside shell games, muggers and pickpockets, even a flying carpet that really works….By the time the enormous cast stages its climactic chase scene through the twisted streets and doorways of Jim McKie’s spectacular village set, the audience is howling uncontrollably.”
Peter Magnani, Pacific Sun
Set and cast from Comedy of Errors - Marin Shakespeare 1992

“Fresh, fast and funny theatre – that’s what the Marin Shakespeare Company is offering in their spirited production of The Comedy of Errors….Robert S. Currier has produced a swift paced and humorous rendition of Shakespeare’s first play with a cast of talented performers....Jim McKie has created a handsome set that allows all of the action and comedy to be seen at its best.”
Al Burgin, Commuter Times

Dromio from Comedy of Errors - Marin Shakespeare 1992“This production should remove anyone’s misconception about the difficulty of Shakespeare….The cast throws itself into a madcap pace and…makes playing Shakespeare look fun.”
Julia Hawkins, The Gazette

“The impressive set….all of the actors with speaking parts are not only professional, but good in their roles. Paul Sulzman as Antipholus is excellent….Ken Sonkin is a fine Dromio. His athletic skills are breathtaking – downright frightening at times….Jim McKie is most enjoyable as Dr. Pinch….The costumes, designed by Kim Curtis, add to the color and excitement, and so does the music composed by Bruce Gehrke and Dana Mandell. Taken as a whole, this is a commendable production with a spice to it that many should find most enjoyable, even children.”
Bess Davoren, Tiburon Ark

“There’s a peculiar provincial charm to the Marin Shakespeare Company’s setting of The Comedy of Errors, probably in keeping with the spirit of the play’s Elizabethan debut….sweet in its simplicity and the picturesque set design by Jim McKie, and fluffy in its crowd-pleasing exploitation of sound effects, modern musical themes and quotes….Although I question the wisdom of casting Angelo, the goldsmith, as a flaming Turkish take on Little Richard, I must admit that B. Chico Purdiman carried off the camp with delightful abandon.” Jeff Kalis, Marin Independent Journal

“not-to-be-missed theatrical event….an abundance of extraneous and anachronistic schtick – and it all works….much applause to the Marin Shakespeare Company for creating the kind of production – a high-energy, theatrically effective production – that makes this silly play soar instead of sink.”
Roberta Floden, Marin Scope


 


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