Propeller Brings The Comedy of Errors to BAM...and Mexico
Missed your flight to Cancun this March? Youre in luck. The all-male Propeller companys gleefully faux-Mexican Comedy of Errors (now at BAM, in a production directed by Edward Hall) is a little vacation in itselfa boys-gone-wild frenzy of margaritas and mixed identities.
Shakespeares comedy wreaks havoc upon two sets of identical twinsthe brothers Antipholus (Dugald Bruce-Lockhart and Sam Swainsbury), and their matching servants, the brothers Dromio (Richard Frame and Jon Trenchard). Both duos were separated as infants in an improbable incident involving a shipwreck and giant boulder. Now, both pairs unwittingly roam the same city, with mayhem guaranteed.
Hall transports this concoction to a south-of-the-border fantasylandpastel beverages, strings of colored lightbulbs. Decked out in soccer jerseys and sombreros, the excellent ensemble capers around, making the Bards silly hijinks even sillier. Theres an un-silenceable buzzer, an S&M nun, and a firecracker in someones butt. At intermission, the cast assembles in the lobby for a mariachi-style medley of 80s favorites (Material Girl, Billie Jean).
Propellers cheerful fakery gestures to the falseness of all seemingly permanent identities, as husbands and wives, masters and servants, lose their formerly stable footing. And the cheekily touristic atmosphere lets us feel like happily befuddled strangers ourselvesin a jovial country wed gladly visit again.
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