The Servant of Two Masters OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    November 16, 2016
    Closing:
    December 4, 2016

    Theater: Polonsky Shakespeare Center / 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Synopsis: 

    The Servant of Two Masters is a timeless 18th century Italian comic masterpiece by Carlo Goldoni about a servant so hungry he takes on two jobs to survive. In this contemporary American adaptation, no two performances are the same. The actors improvise along with the written text in the style of commedia dell’arte. Masks, playful costumes, and original music by Aaron Halva and Christopher Curtis create a fresh, bold, surprising event.

    Theatre for a New Audience is thrilled to present the New York Premiere of this award-winning Servant, first produced in 2010 by Yale Repertory Theatre and toured nationally. Goldoni’s classic inspired the 2012 Broadway hit, One Man, Two Guvnors.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Servant of Two Masters

    ‘The Servant of Two Masters,’ and His Misfortunes

    Charles Isherwood

    November 16, 2016: “When is the play gonna be over?” wails a beleaguered character near the close of the first act of the Theater for a New Audience production of Carlo Goldoni’s 18th-century farce “The Servant of Two Masters,” which opened on Wednesday at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. Was he reading my mind? While the production, directed by Christopher Bayes, had some in the audience consistently in stitches, I found it laborious, arch, stuffed to the point of stultifying with contemporary jokes, and only fitfully amusing. Actually, fitfully is being generous.

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