The Servant of Two Masters

The Servant of Two Masters
By Carlo Goldoni. Translated and directed by Rosa Campagnaro. Presented by Make A Scene. La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton. 13-31 July, 2016.

The magic of Goldoni has been brought to life by an enormously gifted troupe of actors in this impeccable production. Rosa Campagnaro’s credentials as a physical theatre practitioner and expert in Commedia dell’ Arte are impressive and the Australian theatre scene is reaping the benefits of her fantastic artistry.

The translation is given a truly Australian flavour without losing any of the fundamental elements of the original text. This show is a rare opportunity to witness a brilliant example of a 16thcentury Italian theatrical art form that continues to thrill and delight audiences of all ages. The production maintains all the opulence and physical dexterity of the play by exploiting all the tools of the tradition with refinement and finesse. The costumes and masks exude beauty and the movements and gestures are always picturesque and beautifully executed.

Truffaldino (Christian Bagin) is hysterical and his ownership of the part is always apparent. Smeraldina (Sharon Davis) is given a modern twist that fits in seamlessly. Silvio and Brighella (Roby Favretto) allow the performer to showcase a range of caricatures. Beatrice (Leida Kapsis) brings charm and sincerity to the role. Pantalona (Irene del Pilar) is exemplary in her physical presence. Clarice (Freya Pragt) captures the irony in her part perfectly and Florindo and Il Dottore (Darcy Kent) are played with a sense of sheer enjoyment.  This show is undoubtedly and unquestionably enchanting and astonishing.

Patricia Di Risio

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