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Wednesday, 05 March 2008 08:23

The Servant of Two Masters

 A troop of 20th century vaudeville actors travel to Venice and proceed to perform this Italian Renaissance Commedia dell’Arte comedy. The hero is the leading lady Beatrice’s servant Truffaldino, always complaining of an empty stomach. When an opportunity presents itself for him to be the servant of a second master, he see the chance, not for trouble, but for two dinners instead of one. He runs around filling orders and is repeatedly handed letters and money with the simple directions, this is for your master. But which master? The situation is complicated by four lovers, one in disguise, all staying at the same inn.

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