Dernit, this post was supposed to have a first line and it was this: There are a bunch of reasons you should read Comedy of Errors with me this month.
Reason #5. Because it is SO wintry and dreary that you need a little infusion of the Mediterranean coast into your life.
Reason #4. Because it is Shakespeare's shortest play, and thus only a modest commitment.
Reason #3. Because it will lead you straight to Plautus, Shakespeare's source, who is full of silliness and fun. (And testicle jokes. I can't even guess at the number of times Plautus characters say "I'm intestate!" -- meaning "I might die without a will" but also "And wouldn't it be hilarious if I were missing some important parts?")
Reason #2. Because reading is more fun when you can chat about it during and after. (I just finished The Paying Guests this morning and it left me wishing for a pal who could talk it over with me but also very sure I didn't want to recommend it to any book clubs. Let's talk about Comedy of Errors instead.)
Reason Too Lame for a Number. Because I have strep throat and you should be nice to me.
Reason #1. Because it is frothy and fun and you'll be glad you did.