Article Title:Comedy of Errors: Fred Drag does Shakespeare!
Author or Credit:Chris Banks
Published on:26th February 2006 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1132
Text:The Comedy of Errors has always held a special place in my heart, thanks to an old high school production of it I was peripherally involved in. As I've gotten a bit older, however, I have to say my fond memories of it have waned. I love a good farce, but this old thing really defies credibility with its story of a pair of identical twins being mistaken for each other for two hours. Thankfully, gay director Patrick Graham has chosen the perfect venue for this revival of one of Shakespeare's rarer-seen plays – namely the Auckland University's Outdoor Summer Shakespeare season. There's something about the outdoor summer evening atmosphere and setting that allows a director to really go to town with material like this, and go to town Graham has, crafting a version of the play that manages to be absurdist, energetic, innovative and rib-tickling. "It's a pretty broad, knockabout farce that I knew would appeal to an audience that wasn't necessarily Shakespearean scholars," he says. "I knew I could do something with it that made it accessible to a modern audience. Also, it's not a play that's done very frequently, and I like to play with old texts a bit. I wanted to choose a text that wasn't very familiar, so people didn't have certain expectations." It's safe to say no-one could have expected this. Graham's Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare by way of Kath   
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