by Frances Edstrom, columnist, Winona Post
It’s been so gloomy and rainy of late, that I thought I would recommend a solution to the grouchy mood some of us find ourselves in.
I went to the opening of GRSF’s “Comedy of Errors,” and I challenge anyone to watch it without laughing out loud. It is perhaps one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen anywhere. The audience really got into the spirit, and they were clapping wildly, laughing loudly, and sometimes cheering!
The action, and the belly laughs, revolve around a couple of cases of mistaken identity. It is set in the “jazz” age, and incorporates some great singing by Maya Jackson, accompanied by cast members on a variety of instruments. It has gangsters, cops, allusions to bathtub gin, and even tap dancing!
The action is incredibly fast-paced, and there is no scarcity of slapstick humor, clowning around, and hokey magic tricks.
The actors include perennial favorites such as Tara Flanagan, Andrew Carlson, Stephanie Lambourn, Michael Fitzpatrick, Chris Mixon, and Chris Gerson, some relative newcomers — a tour de force performance by former “Juliet” Caroline Amos among them — and some faces brand new to the Winona stage. The set, which incorporates new permanent pieces donated this past winter, is very jazzy, and the colorful, splashy costumes are Broadway-worthy.
Tickets are as low as $25, and the play runs in repertory with “Richard III,” “An Iliad,” and family-friendly “Shipwrecked” until the end of July.
Check out the calendar at grsf.org. Click the calendar icon to the right, and go to “Click here for printable season calendar” at the top of the page.
First, though, go to the weather channel, and check out the forecast for rain and gloom for the next couple of weeks. You NEED “Comedy of Errors!” You can thank me later.