The Comedy of Errors - Theater ReviewPosted: Updated:
The Comedy of Errors is perhaps Shakespeare’s most convoluted and contrived comedy. With a double set of twins separated in a shipwreck and with the action shifting in time and place, often it is frantic and fun, and sometimes difficult to follow. A highly original interpretation where the play is seen as a vaudevillian show is currently playing at the Thousand Islands playhouse in Gananoque. A cast of three men and two women play all the parts. Quick changes, rapid entrances, polished changes in voices, putting hats on and taking them off-all help distinguish characters. The cast works together like a well-oiled machine and the production is a visual feast as well. Cannily directed by Daryl Cloran the set is utilized completely and like a circus, there seems to be something going on all the time.
Standing out in the game, energetic and charming cast is Anand Rajaram who almost immediately after his performance in Leading Ladies (which I loved) gives an even better performance here as one of the befuddled twins. Blessed with a genius for physical comedy and an immense likability: Rajaram can channel Jerry Lewis, Ray Romano, Jack Lemmon and Zero Mostel. He often appears to have no cartridge as he flits, flounces and flies about and in and out of doors. His facial expression can change faster than you can flick a light on and off. Rajaram could easily do a one man show and has the character actor chops to be on any sitcom as the hysterical neighbor. The whole cast is great, but Rajaram’s effusiveness gives the show its light.
The Comedy of Errors is a hoot, and is highly entertaining, check it out, it plays until September 26, it is well worth the trip to Gananoque, which is a gorgeous, charming river town.