The Bombtastic Bomb-itty of Errors
Last Friday South’s drama program took to the stage The Bomb-itty of Errors, a hip-hop take on the play “A Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare. The show will run again on this coming Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday Feb. 18, all at 7 p.m. with tickets sold at $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.
Once the lights go down viewers are spectator to an Off-Broadway rap concert based on a Shakespearean comedy about two sets of identical twins. Written by Jordan-Allen Dutton, Jason Catalano, GQ and Erik Weiner, with music by J.A.Q, the show was nominated for a Drama-Desk Award, and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award.
“It’s technically an adaptation of a Shakespeare show into the form of a 90s hip-hop concert, but it doesn’t feel like one,” Max Morter ’17 said, who portrays one of the quadruplets, Antipholus of Syracuse, as well as the character MC Hendelberg in the show. “Any Shakespearean language that the show actually uses is incorporated into the hip-hop rhyme schemes, so if you feel intimidated by Shakespeare, don’t be intimidated by the show.”
Olivia Sweeney ‘19 acted as choreographer for the show, and said it involves a lot of movement. “It’s not specifically choreographed,” Sweeney said, “so they do different things every night, but they have the moves they need to make it era appropriate and hip-hop appropriate.”
The Bomb-itty of Errors promises rap, dance, a modern take on Shakespeare’s sense of humor, and even a surprise twist at the end of the show.
“As far as musicals go, this one’s really approachable,” Morter said, “there’s a lot of shows that have been around for a long time, like Rogers and Hammerstein-Cinderella or Oklahoma, that feel old, and this show doesn’t feel old. Because it has musical similarities to music that we might listen to now, it’s easy to get into and also just really funny.”