The Theater At Monmouth will present its touring production of Shakespeare’s first play, “The Comedy of Errors,” for one night only — Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. — at the Waldo Theatre, Main Street/Route 220.

This production uses ancient Ephesus as the vivid background for Shakespeare’s early story of chaos, love and reunion. “The Comedy of Errors” features a cast of eight professional actors and is presented in Maine as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Shakespeare for a New Generation program.

The production includes Theater At Monmouth returning actors Frank Omar (Egeon, Dr. Pinch), Kathleen Nation (Emilia, A Courtesan), Heather Scamman (Angelo, Luce), Meggie Doyle (Duke Solinus, Luciana) and Elizabeth Helitzer (Adriana). Joining them will be New York-based actors Matthew Harris (Antipholus of Ephesus) and John Russell (Antipholus of Syracuse); and Chicago-based actor Ryan Simpson (Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse). The fast-paced 100-minute performance is directed by TAM producing director David Greenham, who also designed the set. Costumes for the production are by TAM designer Jonna Klaiber.

“The Comedy of Errors” was most likely written in the latter part of 1589 and is his first, shortest and most farcical play. It is based on two Roman comedies by Plautus, both of which focus on the plot of identical twin brothers being mistaken for each other. The fast pace and color of the characters make this show appropriate for people of all ages.

The evening will conclude with a post-performance discussion. Tickets are $15, $8 for students. Group rates are available and encouraged; write to Melissa Hearth at for details or call 832-6060 for reservations.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to