The Servant of Two Masters (Birmingham Mail)
Crazy plot’s the star of classic Italian
strutted onto the grass-based set in front of the bandstand during the first
night of this classic comedy by Carlo Goldini, and that was entirely
This is an
open air production to be proud of, packed with good acting, slick humour and a
crazy plot to please the audiences as they munch sandwiches and sip wine.
director Gary Dooley writes in his programme notes that he has never laughed so
much in a rehearsal progress, it’s easy to understand why.
A fine cast
never miss a trick in the tale of crafty servant Truffaldino’s attempt to serve
two masters in ancient Venice, and there is a masterly performance
from David Owen as the scheming, jester-like employee.
impresses in the role of Beatrice, James Allan is a powerful Florindo, and
there are outstanding contributions from Katie Edwards
Smeraldina), Mike Venables (Pantalone), Peter Smith ( Dr Lombardo), David Wain
(Silvio), and Jackie Blackwood (Clarice).
recipe for fun is topped off nicely by the remarkable James Parsons and Mike
Baughan as the white-faced choreographed cooks, the Brighellas.