The Bomb-itty of Errors

by  Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Jeffrey Qaiyum, Erik Weiner

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m or f

"This energetic twist on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors is a thrill, GRADE: A!" - Entertainment Weekly

"A rap version of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors that pulses with wit, savvy and a sublime sense of its own ridiculousness...You'll be enchanted." - The Telegraph
Winner! Jefferson Award in Chicago
Winner! Grand Jury Prize at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Shakespeare)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Bomb-itty of Errors is an award-winning Ad-Rap-Tation, hip-hop theatre retelling of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. The show lasts one hour and thirty minutes and is part play and part rap concert. Refreshingly current but retaining the integrity of the original.
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Accolades

  • Nominee! Best Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards
    Nominee! Outer Critics Circle Awards
    Winner! Jefferson Award in Chicago
    Winner! Grand Jury Prize at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen

Reviews

REVIEWS

"This energetic twist on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors is a thrill, GRADE: A!" - Entertainment Weekly

"This fantastic show is one of the most entertaining, slick and inventive you'll see on the Fringe this year—and it has some clever insights to shed on the Bard's classic farce too...Does what so many productions fail to do—it makes Shakespeare funny. Not just chuckling, yes-I-see-this-part-is-meant-to-be-comical funny, but laugh out loud, hollering and cheering funny...The language is as clever, sharp and twisty as Shakespeare's." - Edinburgh Evening News

"Nothing short of brilliant. Clever writing, rhythmic flow, witty musical allusions and intelligent humor...the show is thoroughly entertaining." - MTV

"A rap version of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors that pulses with wit, savvy and a sublime sense of its own ridiculousness...You'll be enchanted." - The Telegraph

"Bomb-itty is witty, lewd and altogether new. Think 'The Beastie Boys from Syracuse'." - The New Yorker

"A stroke of genius...the language fizzes with new life, it's irreverent and yet in tune with Shakespeare's original, it's clever and witty and fast." - The Times

"Bomb-itty of Errors gives the bard's slapstick farce a Generation-Y rejuvenation...scores very high on sexy-party index...You're carried along by the energetic tumble of words." - The Wall Street Journal

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The play takes place in Ephesus, a fictional modern, urban city. There is a diagram of the original set displayed in the script.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Operetta
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

4m or f
ACTOR 1 – Dromio of Syracuse, Desi, Dr. Pinch, Backup singer, Hendel-berg Double #4
ACTOR 2 – Antipholus of Ephesus, Adriana, Bobby, Backup singer, Receive Cat, Hendelberg Double #2
ACTOR 3 – Antipholus of Syracuse, Hendelberg, Abbess, Luciana Double
ACTOR 4 – Dromio of Ephesus, Luciana, Cop, C-Fake, Felicio, Shake-speare
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Parts for up to 20 performers

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Authors

Jordan Allen-Dutton

Jordan Allen-Dutton, three time Emmy-nominated writer/producer, graduated from Tisch at NYU in '99 (recipient of the Artist Scholar Award.) While at NYU he created The Bomb-itty of Errors, a hip-hop add-rap-tation of Sha ...

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Jason Catalano

Jason Catalano

Gregory J. Qaiyum

GQ co-created, co-directed, and starred in the original productions of Othello: The Remix, Funk It Up About Nothin'. G also co-wrote and starred in the Off Broadway smash hit The Bomb-itty of Errors. Along with his brother and the other Bomb-itty guys, G wrote and starred in a hip-hop/sketch ...

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Jeffrey Qaiyum

JQ made his Off Broadway debut when he laid down the beats as DJ/Composer for the smash Shakespearean "add-RAP-tation", The Bomb-itty of Errors. Along with his brother, GQ, he co-created, co-directed, composed and starred in the original productions of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'. ...

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Erik Weiner

Erik Weiner is a three-time Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning writer, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award winning actor. He was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Mr. Weiner co-created and starred in

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