Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors at Agecroft
A cleverly crafted web of wit and confusion, The Comedy of Errors promises an amusing evening at Agecroft. One of Shakespeare’s earlier works, it has been dubbed perhaps his most humorous comedy. From opera to television it has birthed numerous adaptations. Now, Richmond’s own Henley Street Theater is putting their spin on the classic work.
The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of separated twins, Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, and Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse. The Dromio brothers have- since birth- been the personal slaves of the Antipholus twins. At a young age a violent storm separates Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse from their counterparts. Years later they set off to find their long-lost brothers. But, with two sets of identical twins in the same town, they begin to get into some touchy situations.
Steve Perigard, Director of the play said the play was a great way to kick off the summer season, and it had been some time since he had the pleasure of interpreting the Great Bard on stage. “It has been a long time since I have worked on Shakespeare. But when I led the play I fell in love with it. I thought it was very funny and very smart and it moves quickly.”
Agecroft Hall, the location of this play, adds a great layer of authenticity to the performance, according to Perigard. “Agecroft Hall is a home from the Elizabethan era… When [Shakespeare] wrote the play it was meant to be set in Greece, but the way it is written is feels more like an English setting.”
The theater has been working on the play for going on five weeks and Perigard says that it’s been a successful journey. He credits this to a great cast, many of which have prior experience working on Shakespeare plays.
Perigard said that this particular production will have a nice “specifically Richmond” feel to it, “You can bring a picnic for the lawn, have a view of the James river, and watch a play at Agecroft.”
The performances are Thursday through Sunday at 8pm with the gates opening at 6:30pm. So come out for some local theater, which promises to be an impressive show.
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