*Wk. 2 of The (Roughly) Chronological #Shakespeare read-through 2017: The Comedy of Errors…
Date: Around 1594.
First read: In 2007. I don’t think I ever re-read it.
Productions seen: One at the Edinburgh Fringe, some time around 2003/4 (I think). I’m fairly sure it was a student production.
Productions worked on: None.
Edition I’m using: An elderly Arden.
Couplets. COUPLETS. Good god, Shakespeare, what are you doing to me? Why must everything rhyme? (All right, not everything. Not quite. Just most of the first three acts.) Why do you hate me, Shakespeare?
I’m not inherently anti-couplet. Used sparingly and judiciously they can be effective. Great at the end of sonnets, for instance. Useful for comic purposes, in their right place. But there’s such a thing as excess, and I think we hit that point about three pages into The Comedy of Errors.
I remember not being mad keen on this play when I first saw…
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