This weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending a performance of The Comedy of Errors at Bard on the Beach.

Director David Mackay does a marvellous job of interpreting and expanding on the humour in the play and the pace and comedic timing of the actors is positively rhythmical.

The Comedy of Errors is a story that begins with a Syracusan merchant Aegeon, his wife Aemilia, their twin sons, their son's twin servants, and a shipwreck.

The group becomes separated indefinitely with Aegeon, one son and servant travelling in one direction, and Aemilia, the other son and servant in another.

When Aegeon's son grows up, both he and his servant adopt the names of their lost twins and set out in search of their brothers. All mayhem ensues when both sets of twins find themselves in the same city of Ephesus. Unable to tell them apart, an onslaught of errors are made, creating a mountain of hilarious confusion.

Among the vast array of exceptional performances, the biggest scene stealers were undoubtedly Shawn Macdonald and Ryan Beil, (the servant twins) who not only look like they just walked out of a Monty Python skit, but have all the gestures and body movements to prove they'd be pretty much at home if they had.

The play is engaging. Even a mood killing 20 minute intermission doesn't slow the action down.

And if it started off as a shipwreck, it certainly didn't end that way. On the contrary, a standing ovation.

The Comedy of Errors runs until September 26th.

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