The Comedy of Errors | Court Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 17 2010
Price: $32-$56
Michael McKean had it right in Spinal Tap: there is a fine line between stupid and clever. Sean Graney's version of Shakespeare's silliest play walks it with the finesse of a Wallenda. Graney's subversive directorial conceit--one actor (Erik Hellman) plays twin aristocrats and a second (Alex Goodrich) plays their twin "personal assistants" where normally four actors would be deployed--underscores the essential implausibility of the mistaken-identity plot. Purists may cavil at Graney's wholesale deconstruction of the text, but the cast pull off the hijinks with generous high spirits and precision. "This could be fun. Where is this going?" asks one of the twins early on. The answer is round and round--and I enjoyed every dizzyingly ludicrous moment. --Kerry Reid


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