The Abbey Drama Department is pleased to announce performances of The Servant of Two Masters through Sunday, November 13. Tickets are available for purchase at the door for parent and community performances on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $8. for adults and $5. for seniors and children. Portsmouth Abbey students will attend a performance on Friday evening.
Synopsis of Play
Goldoni’s eighteenth-century masterpiece is an enduring story of love, passion, and mistaken identity. Young Venetian Clarice can’t marry her lover, Silvio. She had been betrothed to Rasponi, who appears to have returned from the dead to claim her. But the Rasponi who appears is actually Beatrice, Rasponi’s sister who is in disguise as her brother and has come to Venice to find her suitor, Florinda. Complications arise when a servant greedily seeks employment with both the disguised Beatrice and Florinda and spends the rest of the play trying to serve two masters while keeping the two unaware of the other’s presence. The play is based on the Italian Renaissance theater style commedia dell’arte and reinvigorated the genre, which is so heavily drawn from carnival while bringing to it an element of realism, mishaps, mix-ups, confusions, disguises, and mistaken identity that come with the style.