Goldini's Play

On Friday, June 1, 2001 we had the pleasure of seeing Carlo Goldini's, A Servant To Two Masters, at the Dock Street Theatre.By now we were used to seeing performances at the Dock Street Theatre and I had experienced several different types of performances.However, this performance was nothing like I had expected.I knew we were going to see a play, but for some reason I had in my mind that I was going to see a musical or something silly.
I knew from the veryfirst moment that I was going to like this play.The main character Tuffaldino, played by Jason Watkins was absolutely hilarious.Since I have never seen this play before or anyone in the play I cannot picture anyone else performing better than Watkins.He was the highlight of the entire play.
The plot was quite simple and basic, however the play did not seem basic at all.Truffaldino is quite simply caught between a rock and a hard place.He needs money and is starving therefore he takes on the role of loyal servant for two masters.That does not sound too hard, however the task becomes more difficult when it is revealed that his two masters actually used to be lovers.Truffaldino has to juggle himself between the two masters and also find time to fall in love with the maid, Smeraldina.
If this doesn't sound confusing enough, remember that one of the men in the play was actually a woman and there are three main love stories.Along with Truffaldino's continuous balancing act between masters, came his interaction with the audience.At one point in the play, the action leaves the stage and is continued into thefirst row.If this was not enough to get the audience roaring with laughter, references to Monica Lewinsky and the Beatles were made.
Watkins could not have played his part any better, I was at the edge of my seat waiting to see what he was going to say or do next.I also loved the way the stage was changed from scene to scene. …


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