Wesley Daniel, Jacob Grubb, and P. Tucker Worley perform The Bumbellini in The Comedy of Errors.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s outdoor summer tour returns for its second year, bringing The Comedy of Errors to 18 park venues throughout the city. The 75-minute, complimentary-admission event pays homage to the way Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed centuries ago—in the open air and for all to see.
Though Shakespeare is arguably more famous for his tragedies, The Comedy of Errors is one of the playwright’s most beloved comedies. The plot focuses on Anitpholus and his servant Dromio (of Syracuse), who get tangled up in a case of mistaken identities while searching for their respective identical twin brothers, Antipholus and Dromio (of Ephesus). Humorous chaos ensues until everything is joyously cleared up in the end.
What happens behind the scenes is just as impressive as the top-notch acting. Set designer Tom Burch brings the play to life on a portable stage, and Ana Kuzmanic provides whimsy with the costuming.