By Holli Harms

This is the encore tour of the Mobile Unit’s acclaimed production of the bilingual musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved mistaken identity play THE COMEDY of ERRORS. It is playing throughout New York’s five boroughs AND IT IS NOT TO BE MISSED, AND IT’S FREE. I was lucky enough to have seen it last year and was so excited that they were bringing it back so I could once again rock to one of Shakespeare’s most absurdly hilarious plays. Flowing from Spanish to English – English to Spanish – nine marvelous actors tell the story of two sets of brothers, identical twins separated as babies by a stormy shipwreck and they find themselves in the same village where mistaken identities turn the entire town upside down. Julian Mesri and Rebecca Martinez’s musical adaptations are downright fabulous. The cast is having almost as much fun as we are. Martinez’ fabulous direction and choreography make use of the space on stage and off.

Photo by Peter Coooper

You will be asked to sing along and to shout out and you will laugh and cheer and clap and just have a rip roaring blast.

I have to say it again, I am so glad that this production is being brought once again to all the boroughs. It was such a wonderful experience for me. Like a wonderful film you watch over and over I wanted to see it again and here I got the chance. Thank you Mobile Unit.

The band members are both musicians and actors. Everyone is part of this action packed constantly moving piece of theater. A simple raised stage and lighting, costume changes seen in clear view, the audience surrounds the thrust stage with plenty of room for actors to enter and exit and walk among us singing and playing, dancing and frolicking. It is a Shakespearean party and ALL are invited. ALL!

As I said, it is free, one of the glories of New York in the summer. All you have to do is show up. Performances start at 6:30pm, so get there early to grab a seat and enjoy the view of whatever park you are close to, or go to one you’ve never been to before.

I saw the show at the New York Public Library. The stage and audience all sitting to the left of the Library’s main stairs and right next to the beautiful fountain. Part of the sound of the show is the water flowing from the fountain. Pigeons flew over the performers at just the right moments as if cued to do so adding their magic touch and horns honked, sirens wailed, traffic trafficked and this magical musical bi-lingual production was a joy to behold by all. Looking around at all of us assembled that evening in the audience, I saw the beautiful diversity of New York from 6 to 86 and all, ALL smiling. This production is for us. Go take your friends and family and embrace this incredibly creative imaginary production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS!

The Mobile Unit has been re-imagining Shakespeare and bringing their brilliant performances to the boroughs for 14 years. Bringing Shakespeare’s brilliance for all to experience. They pare the plays down to approximately 90 minutes but nothing is lost in the pairing.

Below is a list of where you can catch the production in your borough. GO!

THE PUBLIC THEATER’S
MOBILE UNIT
presents THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
Bilingual Musical Adaptation in English & Spanish
Returns with Five-Week Outdoor Tour of All Five Boroughs May 28-June 30
By William Shakespeare
Adaptation by Rebecca Martinez and Julian Mesri
Music, Music Direction, and Spanish Translations by Julian Mesri Lyrics by Julian Mesri and Rebecca Martinez
Directed and Choreographed by Rebecca Martinez

The complete cast of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS includes Joél Acosta (Antipholus), Varín Ayala (Egeon/Pinch), Michael Castillejos (Solino/2nd Merchant), Danaya Esperanza (Adriana), Rebecca Jimenez (Understudy), Keren Lugo (Luciana), Alan Mendez (Understudy), Sara Ornelas (Troubadour), Gían Pérez (Dromio), Desireé Rodriguez (Courtesan/Emilia), and Glendaliris Torres-Greaux (Angelo). Michael Castillejos (Guitar), Jacinta Clusellas (Music Director/Guitar), Sara Ornelas (Guitar), and Raphael Torn (Percussion) serve as musicians.

Creative Team:  scenic design by Emmie Finckel, costume design by Lux Haac, sound design by Charles Coes and Tye Hunt Fitzgerald, prop management by Claire M. Kavanah, fight direction by Sean Fletcher Griffin, and dramaturgy by Amrita Ramanan. Luisa Sánchez Colón serves as production stage manager and Ariana Michel serves as stage manager.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS TOUR SCHEDULE
May 28-June 2 – The New York Public Library and Bryant Park on the Fifth Avenue Terrace (Manhattan) June 4 – Wolfe’s Pond Park (Staten Island)
June 5 – J. Hood Wright Park (Manhattan)
June 6-9 – Hudson Yards (Manhattan)
June 11 – Roy Wilkins Park (Queens)
June 12 – A.R.R.O.W. Field House (Queens)
June 13-14 – Hudson Yards (Manhattan)
June 15 – A.R.R.O.W. Field House (Queens)
June 16 – St. John the Divine (Manhattan)
June 18 – Sunset Park (Brooklyn)
June 19 – Travers Park (Queens)
June 20-21 – Hudson Yards (Manhattan)
June 22 – Maria Hernandez Park (Brooklyn)
June 23 – Astor Place (Manhattan)
June 25-26 – St. Mary’s Park (Bronx)
June 27-29 – The Peninsula at Prospect Park (Brooklyn) June 30 – St. John the Divine (Manhattan)

All performances are outdoors. You can find information on Mobil Unit’s inclement weather policy here.

Run time: approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.