A Servant of Two Masters
by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Jeremy MacKenzie and Alicia Meeks
November 6-16, 2013 7:30 evenings, 2 pm Matiness Saturday
Joyce Doolittle Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre
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A party is underway in the Venetian house of Pantalone, to celebrate the engagement of Clarice, daughter of Pantalone, to Silvio, son of Doctor Lombardi. As the wedding agreement is being signed, the servant Truffaldino enters to announce the arrival of his master, Federigo Rasponi of Turin. This news comes as a surprise to all, since Federigo is believed to have been killed in a duel with Florindo, his sister Beatrice’s lover. The confusion continues with Truffaldino being approached by Florindo who, having recently escaped from Turin after killing Federigo, is seeking a servant himself. Truffaldino accepts Florindo’s offer, determining that if he is clever he can serve two masters and easily double his income. The hapless servant does not know that he has stumbled into a crazy comedy of errors that will see women in drag, boiled meat, love conquering all, and the dead rising by the end of his work week.
This play is the original on which the current Broadway and West End hit “A Man with two Guvnors” is based. We are using a modern and up-to-date translation of this very funny farcical comedy set in Venice in the 1740s.