Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Presents The Comedy of Errors

Filed in Arts & Entertainment, Things To Do by on June 21, 2009 0 Comments
Shakespeare on the Common

Shakespeare on the Common

We’ve already blogged about other outdoor events in Boston like the Life is good Festival and Free Friday Flicks, but this time we’re shining the spotlight on another Boston summer tradition: Shakespeare on the Commons. This year’s production of The Comedy of Errors in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Menino runs July 31 through August 16 at the Parkman Bandstand at Boston Commons. It will draw an estimated 75,000 people over 16 performances.

For those who aren’t already familiar with the play, The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s earliest (and shortest) works and draws inspiration from Roman comedy. This farcical story follows two sets of identical twins through hilarious mistaken identities, seduction, and madcap mishaps. The story has been adapted in movies, operas, musicals, and more. Directed by Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler, this production stars a mix of seasoned and emerging actors.

And if you haven’t yet attended a production by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), then you are missing out. Since 1996, the company has staged free, live productions of classic Shakespeare plays for the Boston community. In fact, the 2006 production of The Taming of the Shrew reached a record of 100,000 patrons at 20 performances. Overall, a half million people have seen the company’s productions. This summer marks the 14th annual season and first production since the CSC’s split with the Citi Performing Arts Center last fall.

It’s a fun way to spend the evening, and many patrons bring picnic blankets and takeout so that they can claim a good spot and make a night of it. I have lots of fond memories seeing summer productions with friends over the years. Many of the previous productions I’ve seen (including Taming of the Shrew, MacBeth, and Hamlet) have placed the story in a more contemporary setting, so I’ll be interested in seeing how they interpret The Comedy of Errors.

For more information on the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and The Comedy of Errors, including a cast and crew list, a performance schedule, and production photos, check out the website.

Tell us! Have you attended any Commonwealth Shakespeare productions in the past? Do you plan to go this summer? We’d love to hear all about it!

Flickr photo courtesy of kahala

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A contributing writer/blogger for, Susan Johnston lives and writes near Fenway Park. She loves exploring the city and has also contributed to The Boston Globe,, and many other places.

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