With a cast that includes
The production, which is part of the Public's annual Shakespeare in the Park, moves the action of the play to the 1940s and gives it a madcap, New York-inflected spin, complete with fedoras, jazz dancing and gun-wielding nuns. Ferguson and co-star
Directed by the always-busy Daniel Sullivan, this production features
This summer's Shakespeare in the Park also will feature a musical version of "Love's Labour's Lost," created by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman, who previously worked on the musical "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson."
Neither lead actor is new to performing Shakespeare in hot and muggy weather. Ferguson previously appeared on the Delacorte stage in the Public's 2007 staging of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Linklater, formerly of the
Last summer, Ferguson starred in a production of "The Producers" at the Hollywood Bowl.
What did the critics think of the updated "Comedy of Errors"?
Charles Isherwood of the
Variety's Marilyn Stasio wrote that the "well-matched pair" of Ferguson and Linklater "is up for anything that helmer Sullivan throws at them in this fun show, which has no discernible theme, but a lot of nerve." The two leads have a chemistry that "makes sparks on stage."
Roma Torre of the news channel NY1 said that the two leads have been "able to craft very different comic profiles, keeping confusion at bay amid the wild antics. With timing like this, all's very well indeed."