Opening last night to an ecstatic audience, Take Two: A Comedy Of Errors is a delightful adaptation of the Shakespearean play. By changing up the language, adding vivacious musicality and a winsome cast this show made me laugh, cheer and sing on the way home. It’s high energy and vibrates positive energy throughout.
Featuring involvement from the audience, as we called out responses from our seats, it seemed to be a riveting, engaging time for the young fans of the show. From my perception, their attention was fixed for the show’s entirety. Where it is often difficult to grab a child’s attention for so long, this show seemed to show no struggle at all. Its energetic musicality and genuine humorousness were at a high level while shifting in tones and colours to keep us engaged.
The cast performed with the appropriate clarity and buoyancy for the child-friendly adaptation while also exuding authenticity that made them so likeable. Bilal Hafda as Antipholus was captivatingly modest, and also as Antipholus (a different Antipholus), he was farcically pompous. All the while his performance made me smile. The rest of the cast certainly entertaining and together everyone was playful in their presentation as well as with the audience.
Comedy in this show is truly farcical, with exaggerated characters, obscure situations and slapstick elements very much maintained in the adaptation. It was silly until the very end, but what kept this show from flying away was the authenticity and commitment of the cast. They weren’t over the top and I felt like they were having just as much of a good time as I was.
Take Two: A Comedy Of Errors takes the time to set us up with information and spell out the intricacies of its stories, making it more approachable and coherent to a new audience. The adaptation, with its delivery of information, translation and design is superbly put together, making so much room for fun along the way. It’s fast-paced without racing through and was clear enough, throughout the chaos to keep us all eagerly on board. Children will certainly benefit from prior knowledge of Shakespearean mix-up stories in the future. They seemed to be engaged, entertained and happy to be there. As well as that I, as an adult, was pleased. Its optimism and vivaciousness are infectious and its simplicity is refreshing.
Overall, I would recommend this show to anyone who can see it, adults and children alike, for a lively, amusing time. I could see this travelling all over Australia for it’s wholehearted and enjoyable for every demographic. I love to see when happy, upbeat theatre is executed well so seeing Take Two: A Comedy Of Errors was delightful.
On until September 14th at Riverside Theatres, don’t miss this show.