Finally! Summaries and Commentaries for All of Shakespeare's comedies are available in one easy-to-access volume.
- The Comedy of Errors, probably Shakespeare's earliest work, features a plot both romantic and melodramatic, juggling mistaken identities and the confusion of twins.
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona is peppered with mercurial motivations and bittersweet romance, playfully laced with comic resolution.
- Love's Labour's Lost, one of Shakespeare's most original plots, uses irony and satire to gently mock young lovers, inviting us to laugh at our own youthful follies.
- A Midsummer-Night's Dream features fairies playing magical havoc with woeful lovers until all is resolved with wedding celebrations and broad comic entertainment by rustic, well-meaning bumpkins.
- The Merchant of Venice, more serious than comedic, investigates various attitudes toward money and wealth.
- The Taming of the Shrew, relying heavily on physical appearance and visual effect, uses mistaken identities, puns, and a play-within-a-play. Whether the "shrew" is actually transformed through a cunning use of psychology is still debatable.
- Much Ado About Nothing, a witty battle of the sexes, in more earthy and naturalistic language than some of Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, concludes with dancing and a celebration of blissful, wedded love.
- As You Like It contains the evergreen Forest of Arden, ripe for satiric caricaturing of shepherds, philosophers, and the dreaded curse of banishment.
- The Merry Wives of Windsor, one of Shakespeare's most frivolous stage offerings, gives a delightful glimpse of the England of his own time and features the amoral Sir John Falstaff, one of the playwright's comedic masterpieces.
- Twelfth Night revolves around twins, separated by a shipwreck, and the irrationality of young lovers, a favorite theme of Shakespeare; the comic subplot, poking fun at gloomy conservative types, adds welcome panache.
- Troilus and Cressida, usually labeled a tragicomedy because of its theme of moral corruption and disintegration, contains comedy that is more wry than bawdy or clever.
- All's Well That Ends Well, like Shakespeare's other dark comedies, treats in typical fashion the standard romantic theme of love triumphant.
- Measure for Measure uses disguise and comedy to lighten the theme of moral decay.
- Pericles represents Shakespeare's unique blend of comedy and tragedy.
- Cymbeline showcases a panorama of popular romantic motifs and themes.
- The Winter's Tale, one of Shakespeare's more naturalistic pieces, is rich and romantic and concludes with marriage and the promise of happiness.
- The Tempest is a visual feast of magic and theatrical spectacle, emphasizing resolution after deception. It is commonly believed to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote.