History Theatre / TheComedyOfErrors

6th Sep '17 12:34:42 PM fruitstripegum
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* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen She Who Must Not Be Seen]]: Nell from the kitchen again. (Not all productions adhere to this; in the Karamozov version she was given some lines of her own.)



* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen She Who Must Not Be Seen]]: Nell from the kitchen again. (Not all productions adhere to this; in the Karamozov version she was given some lines of her own.)
6th Sep '17 12:34:09 PM fruitstripegum
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* DeadGuyJunior: The reason we have two Antipholuses and two Dromios. They're not exactly common names! (It's hard to tell, though, since most Shakespeare play characters are AerithAndBob to modern ears at best, and would be more so if people didn't to this day regularly name their children after characters in Shakespeare.)
* DoubleInLawMarriage: At the end, Antipholus of Syracuse gets together with Luciana, Antipholus of Ephesus' sister-in-law.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The 'comedy of errors' was a common, recognizable stock plot at the time of writing. It'd be a bit like baldly titling something ''ComingOfAgeStory'' today.



* DeadGuyJunior: The reason we have two Antipholuses and two Dromios. They're not exactly common names! (It's hard to tell, though, since most Shakespeare play characters are AerithAndBob to modern ears at best, and would be more so if people didn't to this day regularly name their children after characters in Shakespeare.)
* DoubleInLawMarriage: At the end, Antipholus of Syracuse gets together with Luciana, Antipholus of Ephesus' sister-in-law.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The 'comedy of errors' was a common, recognizable stock plot at the time of writing. It'd be a bit like baldly titling something ''ComingOfAgeStory'' today.
19th Jun '17 7:37:53 AM jormis29
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While not as popular as Shakespeare's A-list, ''Comedy of Errors'' is still performed today. It was adapted into a Rodgers and Hart musical, ''The Boys from Syracuse'', and into a 1988 movie, ''Big Business'', starring Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler (as the gender-flipped pairs of twins). There is also a famous but (until Youtube) hard-to-find 1987 production by the juggling troupe The Flying Karamozov Brothers, which begins with the famous line... "In Syracuse, you dress in a tie. In Ephesus, you ''JUGGLE OR DIE!''"

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While not as popular as Shakespeare's A-list, ''Comedy of Errors'' is still performed today. It was adapted into a Rodgers and Hart musical, ''The Boys from Syracuse'', and into a 1988 movie, ''Big Business'', starring Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler Creator/BetteMidler (as the gender-flipped pairs of twins). There is also a famous but (until Youtube) hard-to-find 1987 production by the juggling troupe The Flying Karamozov Brothers, which begins with the famous line... "In Syracuse, you dress in a tie. In Ephesus, you ''JUGGLE OR DIE!''"
25th May '17 8:01:02 AM Spindriver
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* ShoutOut: The scene with Nell, the spherical kitchen maid, on whose body the brothers point out countries, is similar to a scene in ''{{Lysistrata}}'', where a peace treaty is drawn on a woman's naked body.

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* ShoutOut: The scene with Nell, the spherical kitchen maid, on whose body the brothers point out countries, is similar to a scene in ''{{Lysistrata}}'', ''Theatre/{{Lysistrata}}'', where a peace treaty is drawn on a woman's naked body.
17th Nov '16 7:21:10 PM eowynjedi
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Nell the kitchen wench, an unseen character, is enamoured of Dromio of Syracuse; he does not return the affection. In what might be an OlderThanSteam subversion, though, Dromio of Ephesus ''does''.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Nell AbhorrentAdmirer:
**Nell
the kitchen wench, an unseen character, is enamoured of Dromio of Syracuse; he does not return the affection. In what might be an OlderThanSteam subversion, though, Dromio of Ephesus ''does''.''does''.
**Antipholus of Syracuse towards Luciana--but only because she thinks he's her brother-in-law and she's not about to betray her sister. Once she learns he's a ''different'' Antipholus, she's more than happy to love him back.



* DeadGuyJunior: The reason we have two Antipholuses and two Dromios. They're not exactly common names!
** It's hard to tell, though, since most Shakespeare play characters are AerithAndBob to modern ears at best, and would be more so if people didn't to this day regularly name their children after characters in Shakespeare.

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* DeadGuyJunior: The reason we have two Antipholuses and two Dromios. They're not exactly common names!
** It's
names! (It's hard to tell, though, since most Shakespeare play characters are AerithAndBob to modern ears at best, and would be more so if people didn't to this day regularly name their children after characters in Shakespeare.)



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The 'comedy of errors' was a common, recognizable stock plot at the time of writing. It'd be a bit like baldly titling something ''ComingOfAgeStory'' today.



* IdenticalStranger
* TheMasochismTango: Antipholus of Ephesus and his wife. He calls her a shrew and she's annoyed by his flippant ways, to say nothing of his deciding to beat her with a rope.
* NoodleIncident: Nell again, who is never seen, only described briefly. Shakespeare knew he couldn't top what the viewer was probably thinking.

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* IdenticalStranger
IdenticalStranger: With the justification that while they are strangers to each other, the two Antipholuses and Dromios are actually twins.
* LoveAtFirstSight: A. of Syracuse isn't at all interested in his "wife" Adriana when she calls him to bed after dinner. He's instantly smitten with Luciana instead.
* TheMasochismTango: Antipholus of Ephesus and his wife. He calls her a shrew and she's annoyed by his flippant ways, to say nothing of his deciding to beat her with a rope.
rope. Part of this is from the mistaken identities, but from Antipholus' remarks to his friends when introduced and Adriana's complaints to her sister, they're already prone to arguing.
* NoodleIncident: Nell again, who is never seen, only described briefly. Shakespeare knew he couldn't top what the viewer was probably thinking. (The Karamozov Brothers do show her chasing Dromio around the set frequently--she's doublecast with the Duke.)
20th Jul '16 7:15:54 PM wittylibrarian
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Added DiffLines:

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Duke. He sympathizes with Aegon's plight and actually gives him an opportunity to find help before the Duke is forced to carry out judgment. He shows up at the end to [[OnlySaneMan straighten out the confusion]], and when everything is resolved with Aegon's sons happily offering to pay the fine he refuses to take it.
12th Jun '16 12:24:26 PM eowynjedi
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While not as popular as Shakespeare's A-list, ''Comedy of Errors'' is still performed today. It was adapted into a Rodgers and Hart musical, ''The Boys from Syracuse'', and into a 1988 movie, ''Big Business'', starring Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler (as the gender-flipped pairs of twins).

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While not as popular as Shakespeare's A-list, ''Comedy of Errors'' is still performed today. It was adapted into a Rodgers and Hart musical, ''The Boys from Syracuse'', and into a 1988 movie, ''Big Business'', starring Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler (as the gender-flipped pairs of twins).
twins). There is also a famous but (until Youtube) hard-to-find 1987 production by the juggling troupe The Flying Karamozov Brothers, which begins with the famous line... "In Syracuse, you dress in a tie. In Ephesus, you ''JUGGLE OR DIE!''"



* AsYouKnow: Luciana reminds Adriana that she herself is unmarried when they first appear.



* DoubleInLawMarriage: At the end, Antipholus of Syracuse gets together with Luciana, Antipholus of Ephesus' sister-in-law.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Naturally, given the author. Examples include D. of Ephesus saying that he will have a hol(e)y head after being smacked around by Adriana and her sister and D. of Syracuse saying that he found Ireland on Nell's buttocks, "[[ToiletHumor by the bogs]]".



* PairTheSpares: Adriana's sister Luciana, who declares at the beginning that she is unmarried, winds up with Antipholus of Syracuse.



* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen She Who Must Not Be Seen]]: Nell from the kitchen again.
* TakingTheVeil: Emilia did this, believing her husband dead. No the ancient Greeks did not have convents. Ask Shakespeare if he cared.

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* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen She Who Must Not Be Seen]]: Nell from the kitchen again.
again. (Not all productions adhere to this; in the Karamozov version she was given some lines of her own.)
* TakingTheVeil: Emilia did this, believing her husband dead. No No, the ancient Greeks did not have convents. Ask Shakespeare if he cared.
11th Jun '16 7:06:27 PM eowynjedi
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* ContrivedCoincidence

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* ContrivedCoincidenceButtMonkey: Both Dromios. Each one is beaten whenever they run into the wrong Antipholus. Or when one Antipholus demands an update on a task he sent the other Dromio to do. Or when Adriana and her sister send him to fetch Antipholus and he gets the wrong one... or when Dromio of S meets Dromio of C's fiancee.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The Antipholuses and Dromios are in the same city, run into the same people, and even enter the same buildings... just never, ever at the same time. Also, the Abbess who runs the insane asylum is the twins' mother.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: After escaping the asylum, A. of Ephesus sends a messenger to tell Adriana he plans to scorch her face and disfigure her for her misdeeds.



* TheMasochismTango: Antipholus of Ephesus and his wife.

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* TheMasochismTango: Antipholus of Ephesus and his wife. He calls her a shrew and she's annoyed by his flippant ways, to say nothing of his deciding to beat her with a rope.



* OneSteveLimit: Avoided, much to the chagrin of the characters (and the audience trying to figure out who's who)
* SeparatedAtBirth

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* OneSteveLimit: Avoided, much to the chagrin of the characters (and the audience trying to figure out who's who)
who).
* SeparatedAtBirthSeparatedAtBirth: The two sets of twins are parted during a storm at sea.



* TwinSwitch

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* TwinSwitchTwinSwitch: Frequently. The twins themselves have no idea what's going on or what anyone is talking about.
* YourCheatingHeart: Antipholus of E. decides to spend some time with a courtesan and give her the gold chain he promised Adriana to get back at her for locking him out while unknowingly dining with his twin.
31st Mar '16 12:24:57 PM roxana
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* TakingTheVeil: Emilia did this, believing her husband dead.

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* TakingTheVeil: Emilia did this, believing her husband dead. No the ancient Greeks did not have convents. Ask Shakespeare if he cared.
24th Jan '16 1:58:52 PM pittsburghmuggle
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*** The Flying Karamzov Brothers version of this follows this line with everyone in the cast cheering "Author! Author!" And Shakespear coming out and accepting a bouquet of flowers.

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*** The Flying Karamzov Brothers version of this follows this line with everyone in the cast cheering "Author! Author!" And Shakespear Shakespeare coming out and accepting a bouquet of flowers.flowers. [[https://youtu.be/dwYyrbX9LUY?t=56m Watch here]]
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