Danny Clinch
February 10, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Don’t be put off by the description of The Bomb-itty of Errors, an Off Broadway, hip-hop twist on Shakespeare’s ”The Comedy of Errors.” Yes, it’s one of the bard’s less stellar endeavors, and simply following the plot is almost more trouble than it’s worth.

Two sets of twins are mismatched at birth, then they all bump into each other as adults. Hilarity, as they say, ensues. Maybe it’s a stretch to say that ”The Bomb-itty of Errors” improves on Shakespeare, but this energetic update is a thrill nonetheless, due primarily to the jaw-dropping performances of Jason Catalano, Jordan Allen-Dutton, Gregory J. Qaiyum, and Erik Weiner. Each spews an amazing stream of clever, outrageous rap lyrics (which incorporate Shakespearean snippets) nonstop for a solid 90 minutes.

The four performers, who also wrote ”Bomb-itty,” are all white, so maybe there’s an essay here on the mass appropriation of hip-hop (it’s a good thing, isn’t it?), but I was having too much fun for such serious thought. Watching over the inspired silliness is Jeffrey Qaiyum, the MC who wrote the music and perches atop the minimal set, mixing his beats while the rest of the cast spins comic gold.

Grade: A

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