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The Comedy of Errors turns out to be precisely what the title promised It is a play about magic and illusion in a faraway country The Comedy of Errors shows how a series of confused identities eventually leads to chaos in a community and just how deceiving appearances can be The audience is witness to the madness that rapidly takes over suspicious minds and finally the much-awaited reunion of one family It is a farcical comedy a fantasy in a distant country which simultaneously arouses in the audience some degree of sympathy and compassion for the characters John Bell the director of the play uses various factors to illustrate this including a number of material aspects of the production I will discuss these further in the essay Before watching the play I perceived it to be of a high quality with talented actors as it was being performed at the Sydney Opera House in the Playhouse Knowing it was a Shakespearean comedy I was doubtful of whether the language would be understandable However having seen previous productions by the Bell Shakespeare Company I was sure this would not be the case The Company has a reputation of contemporising Shakespeares plays in order to appeal to a younger Australian audience and so the language did turn out to be somewhat easier to grasp accompanied by the actors gestures and facial reactions The narrative of the play is set from the first scene The Comedy of Errors is about a merchant Egeon who has twin boys both called Antipholus He adopts another set of twin boys both called Dromio to grow up to be servants to his sons In a shipwreck Egeon is separated from his wife Emilia along with one of his sons and servants When his son Antipholus of Syracuse grows up he decides to seek out his twin brother and sets out for Ephesus Egeon who follows him there gets arrested
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