Why did I wait to see this show so late in their season. I’d have loved to have seen this performance a second time, just because of the ear to ear smile I left out of the theater with. Part of what made this such fun is that The Shakespeare Factory Players use “original staging practices”. This means the lights stay on, minimal sets are used, they play multiple parts, and they interact with the audience. Which is how Shakespeare would have done it back in the day’s of yore. This is my favorite type of theater, particularly with Shakespeare’s comedies as I am so fond of saying, “Shakespeare didn’t set out to write some high art to be viewed at a distance in some museum. He was writing “Three’s Company” for the masses.”
Which is what I felt about this performance. They completely played it up for the masses. This was the funnest version of The Comedy of Errors I have seen to date. A big part of that was the fact that the actors all seemed to be enjoying themselves way to much, and looked like they had a lot of fun being up there. They had an infectious humor that started on the stage and spread out to the audience. The slapstick was well timed, and they definitely didn’t shy away from the bawdiness. They also came off the stage, interacted with the audience, and pulled us into their own improbable world, letting us escape our own for those 2 plus hours.
Now mind you The Shakespeare Factory is not a huge theater company. They’re a small company doing something they obviously love. And a growing company that can use all the help they can get. So’ do yourself a favor, and go check them out and have some fun yourself. Remember, just showing up will help to keep Shakespeare alive in our area. And if you can donate a little more to The Shakespeare Factory, you’d be helping all of us out in the end.
So please free to visit them at: http://theshakespearefactory.com/
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