Take a young couple about to be wed, add two manipulating fathers, a saucy maid, a gourmet innkeeper, a misjudged killer, a woman dressed as a man, awkward porters and rude waiters with a dash of a mischievous servant and you have Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece, The Servant of Two Masters.
At its center is the scheming (and perpetually hungry) servant, Truffaldino, who concocts a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. While Goldoni’s Venetian romps was written in the eighteenth century, audience members will recognize timeless comic devices reminiscent of the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Little Tramp.”
Directed and choreographed by David Allen George with scenic Venice designed by James Fallon and the elaborate costumes and traditional masks of the Venice Carnival designed by Jane Hillier-Walkowiak, this wildly funny and totally enjoyable classic is a guaranteed delight.
- The Servant of Two Masters
- Directed by David Allen George
- April 17-19, April 24-26, 7:30 pm and April 27, 2 pm.
- Salem State University. Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St.
- Tickets are $15 general/$10 students and seniors
- Purchase online at: salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365.
Pre-show talk: What’s So Funny? Universal Humor on April 24 at 6:30 pm.