By Christian Horta
“Comedy of Errors” opens up with the Merchant of Syracuse, Egeon, played by Ramon Ramos, begging for redemption to stay alive to find his family.
The play takes place in the city of Ephesus, where Egeon is not supposed to be.
Egeon is violating a travel ban between the cities of Ephesus and Syracuse, which are two rival cities. As a result, he is being sentenced to death.
Egeon tells Solinus, Duke of Ephesus, played by James Gilbert Olguin, that he is searching for his wife and son, and gives Egeon one day to find his family because he cannot pay.
Ramos demonstrates this well to the audience, walking up and down the bleachers with open hands asking for money.
In the opening scene, Egeon tells the story about how he came to Syracuse to search for his missing wife and son who went missing in a shipwreck 25 years ago.
Dromio of Ephesus, played by Matthew Nitta Shioi does a great job in demonstrating loyalty to his servant, and keeps the audience constantly laughing.
He does an excellent job in exaggerating physical demands, especially since some parts appeared to be painful.
The play is rich with Shakespeare language, and every actor does an excellent job in recreating the original play.
Director Kelly Hogan kept the audience alert by keeping Shakespeare’s original words and fashion but also allowing modernization into the play.
Although the language is complex, it is a great play to watch with family and friends.
The humor and physical acts make up for any confusion from the dialogue.
“Comedy of Errors” was originally produced in December of 1594.
The play takes place at the P2 Black Box Theater and runs for nearly two hours, with a 15 minute intermission.
The play will show until April 22. Matinee showtimes are Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m., and evening showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $12 at the door, or could be purchased in advance through the ELAC website. No late entry is allowed.