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The Servant of Two Masters (Birmingham Mail)

Crazy plot’s the star of classic Italian comedy

Two peacocks 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 appropriate!

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.

When 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.

Leasa Clarke impresses in the role of Beatrice, James Allan is a powerful Florindo, and there are outstanding contributions from Katie Edwards

(sexy Smeraldina), Mike Venables (Pantalone), Peter Smith ( Dr Lombardo), David Wain (Silvio), and Jackie Blackwood (Clarice).

But this recipe for fun is topped off nicely by the remarkable James Parsons and Mike Baughan as the white-faced choreographed cooks, the Brighellas.

Paul Marston

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