There are episodes of “Family Guy” with more depth than “The Comedy of Errors,” but that doesn’t keep the Independent Shakespeare Company from having a ball at its free outdoor festival in Griffith Park.
A reboot of two ancient Roman comedies, “Errors” is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, and you can see the young writer trying to master the mechanics of farce. Let’s start with the high-concept premise: A merchant (Joseph Culliton) and his wife (Bernadette Sullivan) have twin sons and adopt a second pair of twins as their offspring’s menservants. After a shipwreck scatters the family, the merchant searches for his clan for years, ending up in Ephesus, where his two lost sons and their sidekicks just happen to be — all unknown to each other.
ISC sets its production on a small Mediterranean island circa 1945, and the effect plays like an Italian neo-realist film, heightened by the iconic silhouettes of Kate Bishop’s costumes.
Director Melissa Chalsma’s fizzy cast plays like a soda can shaken and sprayed, especially home team twin set (André Martin and Bobby Plasencia), their visiting counterparts (Sean Pritchett and Richard Azurdia), and David Melville as an unhinged physician whose oaths aren’t exactly Hippocratic.