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Western ‘Comedy’ presented at Utah Shakespeare Festival
by HOLLY COOMBS
Jul 16, 2014 | 309 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chris Amos as Antipholus of Syracuse and Aaron Galligan-Stierle as Dromio of Syracuse in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of “The Comedy of Errors.” | Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014
Chris Amos as Antipholus of Syracuse and Aaron Galligan-Stierle as Dromio of Syracuse in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of “The Comedy of Errors.” | Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014
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CEDAR CITY – William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” a perfectly cast production with wit, confusion, and hilarious antics, is presented at the Utah Shakespeare Festival this summer with a Wild West twist.

The show, playing in the Adams Shakespearean Theatre, is set in the 1849 California Gold Rush and directed by festival favorite Brad Carroll.

Chris Amos, Drew Shirley, Aaron Galligan-Stierle and Misha Fristensky play the two sets of twins in the production.

The show tells the story of Egeon (Roderick Peeples), a merchant of Syracuse, and his wife, Emilia (Kathleen Brady), who become parents to one set of twins and take in another set to be servants to their sons. During a storm at sea Egeon, one son and his servant are separated from Emilia, the other son and his servant.

A quarter century later, Egeon travels into Ephesus, a forbidden land to anyone from Syracuse. He is condemned to death for violating the law to travel between the two cities. He is pardoned only if he can acquire 1,000 marks after he tells Duke Solinus (Jonathan Smoots) his tale and his plan to seek his lost family.

Antipholus of Ephesus, the son Egeon hasn’t seen since the separation, has since married and is still served by, Dromio of Ephesus. The two men don’t encounter their brothers, who arrived with Egeon, for quite some time, but the residents of Ephesus encounter them, including Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife.

Much confusion and humor ensues. Amos, Shirley, Galligan-Stierle and Fristensky play their roles perfectly as the audience roars in laughter.

Casting for this show is perfect. While all four actors only have a similarity of height in normal life, they appear completely identical when in character. The appearance, movement and mannerisms of both sets of twins are indistinguishable.

Tickets for this production and others during the Utah Shakespeare Festival season can be purchased at www.bard.org or by calling 1-800-PLAYTIX. More information about each play running this season is also available at the website.
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