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Picks and Pans Review: The Shakespeare Plays: the Comedy of Errors

updated 02/20/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/20/1984 01:00AM

PBS (Monday, Feb. 20, 9 p.m. ET)

Roger Daltrey, from The Who's who's who, makes a pleasant debut as a classical actor in this 16th-century sitcom. It has two things in common with Master of the Game: The plot is complicated—though better written (by Shakespeare, after all)—and it features twins played by one actor. In case you slept through your high school English class, pay attention, this isn't easy: Daltrey plays Dromio, servant to Antipholus (Michael Kitchen). Both men were separated at birth from their twins (also named Dromio and Antipholus, also played by Daltrey and Kitchen). Daltrey No. 1 and Kitchen No. 1 wander into the hometown of Daltrey No. 2 and Kitchen No. 2 and a baffled time is had by all—until a happy ending reunites the twins and their parents (Cyril Cusack and Dame Wendy Hiller). Watching Shakespeare, even a comedy, requires a little more concentration than sitting through an episode of, say, Knots Landing, but it's worth it. Daltrey obviously enjoyed the play. So can you.

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