The Boys from Syracuse publicity photo

February 15, 2018

SIU's 'The Boys from Syracuse' is 'just pure fun'

by Melissa Germain

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Department of Theatre will present “The Boys from Syracuse” Feb. 22-25 at McLeod Theater

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-25 and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 25.  The theater is housed in the Communications Building, 1100 Lincoln Drive in Carbondale. 

Multiple cases of mistaken identity

 “The Boys from Syracuse,” a musical based on Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors,” is a silly farce of mistaken identity. Adapted by George Abbot with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, it is the tale of two sets of identical twins. Separated shortly after birth by shipwreck, they later find themselves occupying the same city in Greece. The resulting comedy of errors makes for an entertaining evening of bawdy humor, physical comedy and word-wit set to song and dance. 

“This is a show about entertainment. It is a farcical comedy of mistaken identity with songs and dance. No heavy themes - just pure fun,” Timothy Fink, director, said. 

Seating is limited so get tickets now

Tickets are now on sale for the production and seating is limited. Tickets are $18 for adults or $6 for students. Purchase tickets online or call 1-877-SALUKIS. 

“The Boys from Syracuse” is part of SIU Department of Theater’s 2017-18 season

McGrath to present lecture on Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ Feb. 25

The public is also welcome to attend “Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’: Erring, Experimental, Economic,” a free pre-show lecture by Patrick McGrath, an SIU professor focusing on Shakespeare and British Renaissance literature. The lecture will be at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Moe Laboratory Theatre, SIU Communications Building.