The Servant of Two Masters

What’s a servant to do when he’s always hungry? Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni answered that question in his 1743 play The Servant of Two Masters. The servant is Truffaldino, one of theater’s great comic characters. It will come as no surprise that things don’t go as smoothly as envisioned and that farce ensues. This play is considered a comic gem. An adaptation by Richard Bean is a huge hit in the United Kingdom; Rice University has elected to stage the original. The comedy’s director, Christina Keefe, describes it this way “Two masters, two salaries, two meals! So says Truffaldino, the always-hungry, wily servant who tries his hand at being the servant to two masters in this rollicking [farce].” There is — of course — cross-dressing, requited and unrequited love, identity confusion and enough chicanery to float a battleship.

The Servant of Two Masters is performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-7529 or visit arts.rice.edu. $10.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Nov. 14. Continues through Nov. 23, 2014

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