“The Comedy of Errors,” one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, will be presented on Nov. 14-23 at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester.
This farce involving two sets of twins and mistaken identities is two hours of laughs, slapstick and pratfalls performed by an experienced cast of non-professional actors.
This production is directed by John Gaehring. One element of his vision is the use of half-masks for each character.
The masks were made by cast members in the commedia dell’arte style to reflect the face their character tries to present to the world. Using the masks solves the problem of trying to cast two sets of twins and contributes to the pageantry of the dramatic farce.
“The mask concept is not only a way to make our twins look alike, it has become a vital element in character development,” Gaehring said. “Working together to craft all the masks was really a wonderful exploration of the characters and a bonding experience for the cast.”
Performances are slated for Nov. 14-16 and 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Nov. 17. Tickets are available at muccc.org and at the door.