• 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Quick Facts: Servant of Two Masters

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Mistaken identity. Broken engagements. Lovers reunited. Mass chaos. And in the middle of it all, one very hungry servant. If you’ve never heard of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters (Il servitore di due padroni), then you are in for a treat.  So let’s give you a little insider’s scoop. Servant is written in the style of commedia dell’arte, a hilarious Italian Renaissance theatrical genre. Commedia is famous for several distinct features: Improvisation: the actors had an outline of the scenes, and the overall story line, but would improvise the lines. Stock Characters: every play used a variation of the same character type – the…