UGA Theater Production Highlights Shakespeare’s Chaotic Comedy

UGA Theater presents “The Comedy of Errors”, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Jeremiah Dean Alders.

Performances will be at the Fine Arts Theater on November 10-12 and 16-19 at 8 p.m. and November 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $8 for students and can be purchased at ugatheatre.com/comedyoferrors , by phone at 706-542-4400, or in person at the Performing Arts Center or Tate Center box office.

The production is part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival.

One of Shakespeare’s earliest comic efforts, “The Comedy of Errors” is a slapstick comedy that depicts the madcap antics of two sets of twins separated at birth. As a group of twins search for their lost siblings, they arrive in the rowdy city of Ephesus where, although they’ve never been there, everyone seems to recognize them. What follows is a wacky mix of chaos, misunderstanding and mistaken identity in which confusion reigns supreme and puns abound.

With the underlying thematic of UGA Theater 2022-2023 being “identity”, Shakespeare’s farce serves as the sharpest demonstration of how identity can determine the trajectory of a story. But while the comedic frivolities of the play’s protagonists take center stage, director Jeremiah Albers sees the boisterous city of Ephesus (the play’s setting) as a tidy analogue of contemporary American society.

“The play makes a point of determining the identities of its characters based on where they come from or what they do – or how other people think of them,” said Albers, who holds the title. a Ph.D. candidate for performance studies. “It speaks to how societal status is determined, intentionally or unintentionally, by measuring our worth by what we contribute or where we come from.”

“At its heart, ‘The Comedy of Errors’ is a light-hearted, hilarious adventure that we believe will delight audiences,” said Julie Ray, Head of Theater and Film Studies. “Shakespeare is and always has been an essential platform for actors to hone their craft, but it also allows our design students to engage creatively in ways they might not have imagined. We are proud to present this piece as our contribution to UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts Festival.

Robert M. Larson