Did you know that today—Thursday, July 2—is A Company of Fools Day in Ottawa? It’s true. Mayor Jim Watson has declared it to be so, in honour of A Company of Fools and the 25th anniversary play in its popular Torchlight Shakespeare series.
Starting today, at 7 p.m. in Strathcona Park in Sandy Hill, you can see The Comedy of Errors while sitting in your lawnchair. One of Shakespeare’s earliest works, this comical romp is also the first play the Fools presented 25 years ago. They’re presenting a new spin on the well-loved tale that’s full of slapstick, word play and fun. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins separated at birth who land in the same town by chance. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus. This just so happens to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When they encounter the friends and families of their twins, wildly comical mishaps are the result. Ultimately, the tale will challenge your notion of truly knowing your friend, spouse, neighbour and self! Directed by Catriona Leger, this outdoor production stars Warren Bain, AL Connors, Scott Florence, Gabrielle Lazarovitz, Geoff McBride and Katie Ryerson. Admission is pass-the-hat. (The suggested donation is $15.) The show will run in city parks through August 15.
For details about times and locations, see www.fools.ca and call 613 863-7529.