Salt Lake Shakespeare presents an evening of fun and frivolity with William Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors," a hilarious tale about mistaken identity, love, and the power of family. The production is set in mystical and mysterious Arabia, where two sets of twins two masters and two servants are separated at birth in a terrible shipwreck.
Each pair presumes their double is dead. But when one the pair shows up in the other pair's city, mishaps due to mistaken identities lead to mayhem. "Comedy of Errors," Shakespeare's first comedy, is an outrageous, farcical example of his comic genius and appropriate for all ages.
This year, Salt Lake Shakespeare departs from their traditional "modern" approach to Shakespeare's classics, and instead has mounted a lavish production directed by Hugh Hanson (Artistic Director of Salt Lake Shakespeare), with a stunning zantine-inspired set by professional scenic designer Gage Williams, and gorgeous costumes by Amanda Reiser.
Additionally, patrons are invited to "Picnic on the Plaza" beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Patrons are welcome to bring their own picnic dinner packed with everything they'd like to make the evening special and relaxing, including blankets and/or low seating for lawn dining. A convenient loading zone is available on the south side of the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Building. Open flame grilling is not allowed. Outside food and beverage are also not allowed inside the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre building or in the Babcock Theatre.
Before each evening performance at 6:45 p.m., a Green Show celebrating authentic music and dance of Eastern cultures will be presented by Eastern Arts on the south plaza of the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The Green Show lasts a little over 30 minutes and is free to the public.
"Comedy of Errors" will run July 19 through 22 and 26 through 28 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on July 28 at 2 p.m. in the Babcock Theatre, located in the lower level of the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. and University Street, in Salt Lake City.
General Admission tickets are $15, University of Utah faculty and staff are $13, U. students are free with their U-Card, and all other students with valid student ID are $10. Tickets can be obtained now by calling (801) 581-7100, online at www.kingtix.com, or at the Performing Arts Box Office, located at Kingsbury Hall. Please note that Kingsbury Hall charges an additional $3 handling fee for all tickets purchased by phone or online, and a $1.50 handling fee for all tickets purchased at the box office window.