Comedy Of Errors
Based on a Roman Comedy by Plautus, Comedy of Errors is the
tale of mistaken identity. More slapstick than most of his
comedies, the play centers around two sets of twins and the
confusion they make among the citizens of Ephesus.
Aegeon, a merchant from Syracuse, dares to come ashore to
Ephesus, a city at war with anyone from Syracuse, in search
of his lost son. He tells the Duke of Syracuse of his
search. Apparently his two twin sons were travelling with
their mother and a set of twin slaves on a ship that became
wrecked during a terrible storm. Though he found the one
son and one of the slaves, the others were lost and he came
in search of them, hoping that they may have received
shelter in Syracuse. The Duke allows the man one day to
find his missing son, but if he does not find him, he will
be executed as by decry of the law.
Meanwhile his son Antipholus and his servant Dromio arrive
from Syracuse only to be immediately confused with their
twin brothers of Ephesus who are also called Antipholus and
Dromio. Antipholus of Ephesus has agreed to borrow a jewel
from the Courtesan who he is friends with and needs for a
business deal. Antipholus of Ephesus is married to a
jealous woman, Adriana, who often sees the roving eye of
her husband and goes to find him. Unfortunately the second
set of twins cause a great deal of confusion to the wife
and business partners of their twins in Ephesus and the
plot becomes more complicated when Antipholus of Syracuse
falls in love with Adriana?s sister, Luciana.
Eventually, however, like all comic plots, this one is
untangled and Aegeon not only finds his long lost son and
servant, but also his lost wife and his life is spared.