In 2001, a group of college undergrads at NYU wrote a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare's Comedy, called The Bomb-itty of Errors for their graduate thesis. Bomb-itty became wildly popular, playing in cities across the U.S. and abroad. The cast of four male actors, plus a DJ, played all the roles—and you can imagine that this hip-hop fantasy took a lot of liberties! Their Luciana was portrayed as a scatterbrained bimbo, who had trouble remembering her own name. Here's Bomb-itty's version of Luciana at the opening of Act 2:
No wait, sister, I have hunch
Perhaps Antipholus is just out to lunch
Let's go eat, later we can meet 'em
A man is a master of his own freedom
They come and go as they please
When they feel like eating cheese, they eat cheese
It's been that way since times of ancient
We must go inside, sister, please be patient
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Based on what you know about Luciana, what might have inspired The Bomb-itty authors to portray her as brainless? Discuss whether you agree with their interpretation or not. What might Shakespeare have been up to, giving these two sisters such very different points of view?
Read Luciana's original text out loud a few times. Compare it to Luciana's rap from Bomb-itty. What other characterizations might you use to say these words? Which ones seem to fit best with the text?