If you enjoy high-brow humor with a dash of low-brow comedy, McCaskey’s fall play is for you.
Originally crafted during the Commedia dell’Arte era, The Servant of Two Masters is an Italian comedy by playwright Carlo Goldoni. Set in Venice, 1753, McCaskey’s translation pays homage to the stock characters, witty insults and slapstick comedy notably attributed to the Commedia style.
The play begins with the arrival of The Traveling Players who will present the play The Servant of Two Masters to onlookers in Venice. Hilarity ensues as the actors put on their production (which is also intended to be a comedy). While The Servant of Two Masters itself uses the age-old plot elements of mistaken identity, unrequited love and familial strife, our production never lets the audience forget that the players are merely actors attempting to put on a show.
The play stars Olivia Keener as Truffaldino, Amani Kaufman as Beatrice, Pierce Ream as Florindo, Arrison Ortiz as Pantalone, Lily Sykes as Smeraldina, Jason Brown as Silvio and Colin Spietel as Dr. Lombardi.
The Servant of Two Masters runs November 21-23 on JP McCaskey auditorium stage. Curtain is 7 p.m. for all performances.