Like your Shakespeare on the “lite” side? The Bard’s early comedies, with their roots in classical Roman farce and medieval Italian commedia dell’arte, are surefire crowd-pleasers that bear endless revisitation. Chronicling the adventures of two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth, The Comedy of Errors exploits all the potential for mirth and absurdity involved in the theme of mistaken identities, and is guaranteed not to send the audience home feeling bummed out…like, say, Macbeth might. It’s also a great way to refresh your arsenal of pithy Shakespearean insults.
Connie Rotunda, assistant professor of Theatre Arts at SUNY-New Paltz, directs the department’s new student production of The Comedy of Errors, which opens next Thursday, April 20 and runs through April 30. Performances take place on the stage of McKenna Theatre, beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with 2 p.m. matinées on Thursdays. Tickets cost $18 general admission, $16 for seniors, faculty, alumni and non-SUNY-New Paltz students, and $10 for SUNY-New Paltz students. To purchase, visit the box office in Parker Theatre from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call (845) 257-3880 or go to www.newpaltz.edu/theatre/productions.html.