The Comedy of Errors
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Two sets of identical twins—with identical names—lead to endless confusion and hilarity in The Comedy of Errors, one of Shakespeare’s first comedies. Antipholus of Ephesus has been separated from his twin brother, Antipholus of Syracuse—and each brother has an identical twin slave named Dromio. The two Antipholuses and the two Dromios end up in the same city, and by chance, so does Egeon, the father of both Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus. Egeon has been sentenced to death, but his sympathetic story of a long-lost son buys him a day of time to ransom himself. As the clock winds down, mistakes and misunderstandings abound as the two pairs of identical twins with identical names run around the city. Wives fail to recognize their proper husbands, professions of love are directed at the wrong people, and one of the Antipholuses is nearly arrested after being mistaken for his twin. The climatic scene of revelation and reunions reconciles the countless mix-ups and reveal the comedy at the heart of all these errors.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus.
AEGEON, a Merchant of Syracuse.
ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE, and Aemelia, but unknown to each other.
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE, the two Antipholuses.
BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.
ANGELO, a Goldsmith.
A MERCHANT, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse.
PINCH, a ...
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