Thursday, Feb. 28 2013 4:04PM
What a hit
By Emily Farmer
Grain Valley High School
Summit Christian Academy’s “The Comedy of Errors” has no error at all - just pure comedy. This early Shakespearean play is full of confusion, puns, and slapstick comedy. The play revolves around a family that was separated at sea – a merchant, his wife, their twin sons, both named Antipholus, and the twins’ twin servants, both named Dromio.
Twenty-five years after their separation, the merchant and one of the twin sons and his servant set out to find the rest of the family. They end up in the hometown of the other Antipholus and Dromio. The fact that both sets of twins are identical and have the same names causes quite the obvious confusion for the characters, and the audience!
Taylor Shippy plays Antipholus of Syracuse/Boston, and is partnered by Nathan Shrader, who plays Dromio of Syracuse/Boston, Antipholus’ servant. Shippy and Shrader have great chemistry and are hilarious on stage together. Their timing and emotions are spot on. The other set of twins is played by Easton Parks as Antipholus of Ephesus/NYC, and Justus Wagner as Dromio of Ephesus/NYC. This pair has great chemistry as well, and is equally hilarious. Their over-dramatization of the characters’ emotions is pure comedic gold.
Nicki Murff plays Adriana, the wife of Antipholus of Ephesus/NYC. Murff has wonderful emotion and facial expression. Her vocal diction and expression is completely in tune with what is going on, and has all the appropriate emotions. Sarah Caruthers plays Luciana, Adriana’s sister. Caruthers is convincing as the doting sister of the jealous Adriana, and has emotion, passion, and physical expressions, much like Murff.
Lawrence Reilly plays Egeon, the merchant father. Reilly does deliver excellent monologues and reacts well to other characters. Jordan Paul (Angela) and Andrew DeShon (Another Merchant) have fantastic facial expressions and portray the anger and confusion of merchants who are owed money perfectly. The Mimes, played by Jacob Hoke and Molly Williams, are absolutely hilarious! Hoke and Williams do an amazing job playing these outrageous and eccentric characters. Their choreography is entertaining, and they are truly comical.
The set, designed by Easton Parks, is a work of art. There is neither too much, nor too little going on; just the right amount. It is well built and looks just beautiful. The lighting is right on cue, and looks fabulous every time.
“The Comedy of Errors” really has no errors; just a wonderful cast and crew. Summit Christian Academy has a fantastic production, full of talent in every aspect.