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comedy of errors

A situation or series of events characterized by a number of humorous or ridiculous mix-ups, mishaps, or blunders. Taken from one of Shakespeare's early comedies, The Comedy of Errors. Their business was a comedy of errors by the end, with orders constantly being confused, employees arriving at the wrong time, and the financial accounts being all over the place. The story is a delightful comedy of errors, in which every sort of mistake and confusion that can arise does—with everything working out just fine in the end, of course.
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comedy of errors

A complex or humorous series of events, as in Mary and John went to the Smiths', while the Smiths went to the Parkers', and the Parkers wondered why no one answered the door at John and Mary's-a true comedy of errors . The term borrows the title of Shakespeare's play, The Comedy of Errors, about two sets of twin brothers, master and slave, who are separated in infancy, and the mix-ups occurring when they arrive in the same place many years later. [c. 1600]
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comedy of errors

A ludicrous event or sequence of events: The candidate's campaign turned out to be a political comedy of errors.
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Propeller's productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Comedy of Errors premiered in 2008/9 and 2010/11 respectively.
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Dieter was very happy when I agreed to repeat the Basel address word for word, and perform with him a spontaneous comedy of errors.
But this has been a comedy of errors since it started.
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The 2005 Summer Festival includes Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, directed by Garner; and expands it's definition of "classics" with Tennessee Williams' sultry American classic A Streetcar Named Desire; and Anton Chekhov's buoyant comedy, The Cherry Orchard.
THEATRE company Propeller is making its first appearance in Birmingham next month with revivals of their shows Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 0121 454 1860, Wednesday & Thursday.
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