Raleigh Little Theatre offers rollicking comedy

February 14, 2017 by  

There is still time for Raleigh residents to enjoy a slapstick updating of the Carlo Goldoni classic ‘The Servant of Two Masters’.

The main character of the 1746 play is the servant Truffaldino, who decides to try and work for two men at the same time, thus getting double the pay (and twice as much food). The current production, entitled ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ is an adaptation by Richard Bean, a British playwright, and retains the main themes of the original.

The original play is performed in the commedia dell’arte style, an Italian tradition in which the same characters and situations recur repeatedly. Bean’s version is played even more broadly than the original, using slapstick and over-the-top characterizations to make things even sillier.

In the update, the servant is Francis, a musician who goes to work for both a rich man and a gangster, and then has to keep his two jobs, and masters, secret from each other. His double life becomes increasingly complex when it is revealed that the two men have connections with one another.

The play is running now at the Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue Street, with upcoming performances scheduled for February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 at 8:00 pm. and February 12, 19, and 26 at 3:00 pm.

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