If Monty Python had been around in William Shakespeare's day, Will's play The Comedy of Errors would have gotten him a gig on Saturday Night Live at the Avon. The shortest of Shakespeare's plays, the comedy was first performed in 1594 and is a hilarious, fast-paced tale of coincidence, sharp witticisms and silly walks. "It seldom fails to delight an audience," says director Matthew Tomlanovich, staging it at UTD this week. Tomlanovich, who recently co-directed a critically acclaimed puppet version of The Comedy of Errors, explains the appeal: "Twins separated at birth in a terrible accident at sea, a husband seducing his sister-in-law, servants who are beaten regularly...all the ingredients needed for comedy!" Some of Shakespeare's most famous quotes can be found in the dialogue, such as "Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast." But there's no moral, no larger message. Just seduction, violence, mistaken identities, threatened beheadingsÃ¢â¬âwait! Sounds more like a telenovela than Spamalot. But everything ends happily, so all's well that ends well. See The Comedy of Errors Thursdays through Saturdays (through November 11) at the University Theatre at UTD. Tickets are $15 for general admission; free at the door to UTD students with ID. Call 972-883-2552.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 2. Continues through Nov. 11