NU Theatre Presents ‘The Comedy of Errors’ March 20-30

March 14, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University Theatre will present The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare’s rollicking classic, March 20-30. The production is directed by artist-in-residence (stage combat)/recruiter Adriano Gatto.

This timeless masterpiece features a time-honored recipe for hilarity: mistaken identity, wild mishaps and slapstick humor. Take two sets of identical twins (separated as children). Fold in a jealous wife, her charming sister and an amorous kitchen wench. Mix with a generous variety of eccentric characters. Let simmer for two hours, stirring constantly. Serve to those with an appetite for giggles, guffaws and belly laughs.

The Comedy of Errors will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, and Thursday, March 27. The production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, Saturday, March 22, Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29. In addition, 2 p.m. matinees are on stage on Saturday, March 22, Sunday, March 23 (with post-show discussion), and Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30.

Theatre majors who are in the cast include: Gregg Gansworth of Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Solinus); Colin Reboy of Tonawanda, N.Y. (Egeon); Alexander Utz of Williamsville, N.Y. (Antipholus of Ephesus); Michael Sheridan of Amherst, N.Y. (Antipholus of Syracuse); Andy Buscaglia of Grand Island, N.Y. (Dromio of Ephesus); Stephanie Wattie of Derby, N.Y. (Dromio of Syracuse); Preston D. Williams of Rabun Gap, GA (Balthasar); Karen Harty of Williamsville, NY (Angela); Mark Foldyna of Boise, Idaho (Doctor Pinch/First Merchant); Richard Vogt of Pavilion, N.Y. (Second Merchant); Jean O’Harrow of Newfane, N.Y. (Emilia); Alissa Sumerano of Hurley, N.Y. (Adriana); Anna Krempholtz of East Aurora, N.Y. (Luciana); Jessica Yagoda of Oneida, N.Y. (Luce); Kaylee LeRoy of Solvay, N.Y. (Courtesan); William Tschaepe of Lockport, N.Y. (Jailer); and Kelsey Anderson of Buffalo, N.Y., and Brittany Shannon of Watertown, N.Y. (Officers).

In addition, the production’s stage manager is theatre design/technology major Stevie Lukaszewski of Port Ewen, N.Y. Assistant stage manager is theatre performance major Ian Francis LaLonde of Buffalo, N.Y. Set design is by Nicholas W. Seres of Williamsville, N.Y., and costume design is by Ryan Masline of Ontario, N.Y. Both students are theatre design/technology majors. Light design is by assistant professor/design/technology and production manager/scenic designer David Dwyer and sound design is by adjunct faculty member Glenn Bernardis.

For tickets and information, please call 716.286.8685 or visit the NU Theatre Box Office.

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