The Comedy of Errors

March 9

April 23, 2023

CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Barbara Gaines
Studio scenes by Ron West

A BLAST! A warm & generous show...very apropos of Gaines’ magnificent contribution to this city.

Chicago Tribune

An ALL-STAR CAST having the time of their lives

Daily Herald


Shakespeare’s high-spirited farce is transported to the Golden Age of film! Backstage drama and slapstick antics abound as an eccentric group of stage and screen actors gather on a London soundstage in 1940 to film some much-needed comic relief for the troops. Two pairs of long-lost twins end up in the same small town. Mistaken identities and misadventures turn everyone’s lives upside down—and one bewildering day on the streets of Ephesus turns into a hilarious night out at the Theater. In her final production as artistic director, Barbara Gaines reunites with longtime collaborator and writer Ron West of Second City fame. Over three decades with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Gaines has directed sixty productions, including nearly all of Shakespeare’s thirty-eight plays and six world premieres—and now imprints her legacy with this joyful comedy.

Non-stop Laughs...
The Comedy of Errors Photo Gallery
It’s a hit!

Audio Description: Sun, April 2 2:00 p.m.
described by Jason Harrington

Projected Spanish Translation: Tuesday, April 11 7:30 p.m.
captioned by c2

Open Captioning: Wed, April 12 1:00 & 7:30 p.m.
captioned by c2

ASL Duo-interpretation: Fri, April 14 7:30 p.m.


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This free series of programs offers scholar lectures and talkbacks with cast members on ideas embodied in The Comedy of Errors.
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A Scholar’s Perspective

Stuart Sherman of Fordham University on Shakespeare’s gift for taking our most familiar experiences and infusing them with abundance.
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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director

Ron West Writer, Studio Scenes

James Noone Scenic Designer

Mieka Van Der Ploeg Costume Designer

Ken Posmer Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones Sound Designer & Composer

Richard Jarvie Hair & Make-up Designer

Larry Yando Verse Coach

Kathy Logelin Dialect Coach

Martine Green-Rogers Dramaturg

Peter Andersen Associate Director

Joe Kinosian Music Director

Bruce A. Young Fight Choreographer

Gregory Geffard Intimacy Director

Courtney Abbott Assistant Intimacy Director

Ethan Korvne Associate Sound Designer

Gabrielle Strong Assistant Lighting Designer

Bob Mason Casting

Katrina Herrmann Production Stage Manager

Elisabeth Schapmann Assistant Stage Manager


Breon Arzell David Pickles/Angelo

Adia Bell Fanny/Messenger

Melanie Brezill Alice Boggs/Luciana

Lillian Castillo Marian/Courtesan

Dan Chameroy Phil Sullivan/Antipholus of Ephesus

William Dick Charles Chittick/Second Merchant

Kevin Gudahl Lord Brian Hallifax/Dromio of Ephesus

Ora Jones Doris/Abbess

Bill Larkin Eddie Philpot/Dr. Pinch

Ross Lehman Dudley Marsh/Dromio of Syracuse

Michael E. Martin Tom/Gaoler/Officer

Steve McDonagh Cyril/Nell

Russell Mernagh Patch/Balthazar

Susan Moniz Veronica Marsh/Adriana

Robert Petkoff Emerson Furbelow/Antipholus of Syracuse

Maya Vinice Prentiss Priscilla/First Merchant

Greg Vinkler Admiral Philpot/Egeon

Bruce A. Young Monty/Duke

Isabella Abel-Suarez Understudy

Angelica Herndon Understudy

Benjamin Jenkins Understudy

Madison Kauffman Understudy

Melaine Keller Understudy

Jeff Kurysz Understudy

Matt Miles Understudy

Michael Joseph Mitchell Understudy

Ian Reed Understudy

Jonathan Schwart Understudy

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