The Comedy of Errors in a Nutshell:
Egeon, a merchant of Syracuse, is condemned to death for entering the town of Ephesus. As he is led to his execution, he tells the Ephesian Duke that he has come to the town of Syracuse in search of his wife and one of his twin sons, who were separated as infants many years ago in a shipwreck. The twins are identical and both named Antipholus, and each has an identical twin servant named Dromio. One set of twins is from Syracuse and the other set lives in Ephesus, but neither are aware of the other. The Duke is so moved by this story that he grants Egeon a day to raise the thousand-mark ransom that would be necessary to save his life.
Meanwhile, unknown to Egeon, his son Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus’ servant Dromio of Syracuse are also visiting Ephesus—where Antipholus’ missing twin, known as Antipholus of Ephesus, is a prosperous citizen of the city. Adriana, Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife, mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband and drags him home for dinner, leaving Dromio of Syracuse to stand guard at the door and admit no one. Shortly thereafter, Antipholus of Ephesus (with his servant Dromio of Ephesus) returns home and is refused entry to his own house. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse has fallen in love with Luciana who is appalled at the behavior of the man she thinks is married to her sister Adriana.
The confusion increases when a gold chain ordered by the Ephesian Antipholus is given to Antipholus of Syracuse. Antipholus of Ephesus refuses to pay for the chain (unsurprisingly, since he never received it) and is arrested for debt. His wife Adriana, seeing his strange behavior, decides he has gone mad and orders him bound and held in a dark, dank vault. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant decide to flee the city, which they believe to be enchanted, as soon as possible--only to be menaced by Adriana and the debt officer. They seek refuge in a nearby abbey.
Adriana now begs the Duke to intervene and remove her “husband” from the abbey into her custody. Her real husband, meanwhile, has broken loose and now comes to the Duke and levels charges against his wife Adriana. The situation is finally resolved by the Abbess, Emilia, who brings out the set of twins and reveals herself to be Egeon’s long-lost wife. Antipholus of Ephesus reconciles with Adriana; Egeon is pardoned by the Duke and reunited with his spouse; Antipholus of Syracuse resumes his romantic pursuit of Luciana, and all ends happily.