The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Just fun, without the thematic depth characteristic of later Shakespeare plays.
Two sets of twins are separated at birth and come across each other when the two Syracuse citizens go to Ephesus. They don't realize it and take the twin for the one they've always known. Lots of funny misunderstandings ensue, and also real hostility. There's a parallel between the personal hostility and the political enmity between cities. The duke sets things right at the end and an abbess reunites the family.
The message could go wrong if we glibly assume all enmity results from misunderstanding. But Shakespeare knows that reconciliation and peace will triumph in the end.
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