From the start of A Servant to Two Masters it was evident that the Lee Hall’s take of Carlo Goldoni’s play was going to be filled with plenty of laughter and tongue-in-cheek gags.
And in Valentine’s week The Marco Players delivered an unconventional and hilarious love story.
Set in Venice the play tells the tale of a heartbroken woman, Beatrice (Suchita Kotecha), a woman in disguise of her dead brother, who is searching for his killer, Florindo (Connor O’Beirne), also her true love.
She pursues dowry funds from the father of her late brother’s betrothed in a bid to run away and marry her lover. Amongst the romance is the trusty or not so trusty servant, Truffaldino (Christian Brabin) who gets himself into a pickle trying to serve more than one master. The lead role was cast perfectly as the dumb but loveable servant. With comedy dance moves, terrible habits and a potty mouth he was a character everyone warmed to. Mr Brabin’s performance was so enjoyable that his own stand-up performance would be welcomed. The romp through the Italian city is definitely one for the easy going and those who will not take offence at the light-hearted jokes. Truffaldinio’s sealing envelope “skill” was close to turning a few stomachs in the crowd. The use of the stage was good – characters mainly used two doors and two back exits, which kept the pace of the show flowing and maintained interest with the variety.
The scenery involved a vivid street scene of Venice which almost gave people a feel for the warmth away from the English winter chill. One minor criticism was a door at the front of the stage which kept swinging open. Once the audience adjusted to the teething problem it was easy to ignore but perhaps Truffaldinio’s sealing solution could do the trick of keeping it shut to avoid distracting from the great show (those who have seen the performance may agree).
Having seen Ms Kotecha and Mr O’Beirne in other performances they lived up to the high standards they have previous set and demonstrated why The Marco Players’ performances are always so enjoyable and well attended.