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The Servant of Two Masters

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Carlo Goldoni

COMPANY : Georgia Shakespeare [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Conant Performing Arts Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 2305

SHOWING : June 13, 2007 - July 28, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Please Note: Due to bawdy humor, parental guidance is suggested.

What happens when a group of traveling tragedians arrive at Georgia Shakespeare to perform Richard III…only to find that the audience is expecting a comedy? Under the direction of Dan McCleary, the actors scurry, costumes fly, and anything that can be tossed is juggled as they pull The Servant of Two Masters out of thin air. Inspired by vaudeville and silent films (Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin), Georgia Shakespeare’s The Servant of Two Masters features funny-man Chris Ensweiler as the wisecracking Truffaldino, a servant trying to hide his moonlighting ways from his two masters.


CAST & CREW LIST
Reluctant Supporting Player Hudson Adams
Master of Revels Rob Cleveland
Deputy Master of Circus Revels Alex Cole
Cross-Dressing Leading Lady Carolyn Cook
Naughty Supporting Player Crystal A. Dickinson
a servant Chris Ensweiler
Young Lady of Perpetual Despair Amelia Hammond
Curmudgeon of a Certain Age Chris Kayser
a maid Park Krausen
Deputy Master of Musical Revels J.C. Long
Good Looking Leading Man Daniel May
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REVIEWS

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Random Thoughts on the Teleological Fluctuations of a Quantum Ethos
by Dedalus
Thursday, June 21, 2007
5.0
Yesternight, I was engaged in a journey to Oglethorpe University to witness an exhibition of an itinerant troupe of tragedians performing the uncut “Richard III” by that oft-quoted Bard of Yore, William Shakespeare. I was especially interested in analyzing the Thomas-More-Corrupted Tudor influence of Richardian historical fact in the context of a Red-State psycho-sexual ethos. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if taken in the correct context), I encountered my old friend Chicolinius, who forthwith engaged my traffic-jammed grey cells with a tale I must needs share.

Chicolinius, as my loyal readers know, was my ontologically-challenged philosophy tutor, who always failed to provide the slightest appeal to even the most erotically thrall-bound mental digressions. And so it went in this case. Over a repast of Big’n’Tasty meat sandwiches, he told of a dream he experienced in which his old teacher, Crazy Alcibiades, held a symposium of unmasked Commedia Zanni, all in an effort to strike fear at the heart of a modern quantum worldview abandoned by awe and floundering on the granite-minded shoals of adulthood.

“Dedalus, my friend,” he began, carelessly tossing his ketchup package under the foot of a passing Republican. “You would not believe the serious tone of this so-called party. Commedia philosphers, from Il Dottore to Pantalone to a strangely female Brighella (but then, wasn’t Brighella ever a gender-ambivalent creature?) all held forth on the teleological implications of serving the two masters of science and faith while maintaining a symbolic umbilicus to the ur-Geek that gave rise to us all. All that was missing was Il Capitano sticking his nose into Brighella’s business, which she, being female, would have enjoyed.”

“Chicolinius,” I warned. “I know that the tropes of Commedia are grounded in simple stock characteristics, but I cannot sit here in this establishment of McNote and hear you denigrate that which is female in all of us.”

“Zip it, Bozo,” he responded with ease. “The upshot was the introduction of Truffaldino, a Keatonesque servant (and I refer to Buster of that name, not Diane) of La-di-Dah pretensions who spewed silent words concerning the fluctuations of meaning inherent in Banana-Peel Artistic Tropes."

“’Symbolically speaking,’ said the stone-faced clown, ‘A Yellow Ladder can only refer to the etiological mileau inherent in the Master/Servant construct, a foot-up (if you will)’ … (and I wouldn’t) … ‘to the pseudo-intellectualite ethos of the God/Reason conundrum which weighs upon us all. If ever used in a Commediesque Panoply, I only hope it remains yellow, else hapless viewers will left adrift in a symbolism-bereft universe in which a ladder can only connote the idea of LADDER, truly a state to be avoided’”

“Truly we can only wish a house would fall on him without the convenient window frame of lore.”

Well, I will spare you Chicolinius’ dull rendering of what was doubtless a dull discussion. I find the figures of the Commedia mythoverse amusing when witnessed in the first person, but deadly shallow and dull when witnessed in the third. I resolved to myself that, if ever an occasion arose in which I were called upon to pseudopontificate on a Commediaesque Presentiment, I would rely on a meaningless digression and avoid the subject entirely.

Oh yes, when at last Chicolinius fell into a drunken stupor in his Happy Meal, I left him quietly snoring and finished my journey to Oglethorpe. To my dismay, “Richard III” was off the Bill of Fare, and was replaced with a trifle ironically entitled “The Servant of Two Masters.”

I laughed a lot.

But I digress ….

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)
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by TheaterReview
Thank goodness for www.m-w.com.
Neener Neener by Dedalus
Doesn't help much with the words I made up, does it, Bucko!

(I confess I used m-w.com to confirm the meanings of Teleological and Etiological, but I didn't use it for Ontological, just hoping to get a few things wrong. It sounds more pretentious that way ....)

I always said there ain't nuttin' like a high-brow review of a low-brow show :-))))

-- Joe the Pedant

(BTW, the choice of the name "Chicolinius" was quite intentional and in tune with the spirit of the show -- how much do you want to bet that no one under the age of 40 gets it? Crazy Alcibiades, on the other hand, was just another cheap Plato allusion.)
Gwah? by EKFricke
The only sentence I understood was "I laughed a lot".

[Here Liz's inserts favorite wav. file of Homer saying "I'll figure it out. I'm going to use ALL the power of my BRAIN."]
by StaceyLucas
"The only sentence I understood was 'I laughed a lot'"

That's the only sentence that matters.

Stacey
(almost-former marketing director for GA Shakes)
Et Tu Fricke? by Dedalus
Liz Liz Liz!

I thought I could count on you to appreciate the subtle reversals and wordplay on display here (while at the same time rejecting the popular-culture Doh-esque nature of Simpsonology). {Insert weary sigh here.}

I'm glad now that I simplified my title from its original (and Joycean) "Random Thoughts on the Ineluctible Modality of Teleological Fluctuations in the Quantum Ethos." That'n made my brain hurt, too. Gotta donut? Doh!

-- Brad
Remind me never to play Scrabble with you. by line!
OK Mr. Big Words, Mr. Pompous English Major, Mr. I Can Read Books! by line!
Your allegorical expostulations were exascerbated by your obsequiousness! The inclusion of monosyllabic words seemed like detrious ambivilently strewn amongst the many linguistic gemstones within the overarching constructs of your... psuedoreviewer-ness-ly... written... psudeoreview.
(OK, so I can't carry it off for very long, but I tried.)
No truth handler, you! Bah! I deride your truth-handling ability! by EKFricke
You thought I referred to Homer, nee Simpson? Ah Brad, I am far more erudite than you give me credit for. I referred to Odysseus, Chapter 18, verse 42 - when Odysseus is faced with the dilemma of how to cross through the straights between the Scylla and Charybdis. I simply quoted the poet Homer - not the Matt Groening everyman illustration. It saddens me that you have a degree in English but did not recognize the reference.

Ok, so I can't even keep up the joke either. Everything I know about The Odyssey comes from Sinbad movies, and possibly "Oh Brother, Where art thou?" Heh Speaking of... I wonder if Netflix has the Sinbad series in its inventory? It will go well as a double-feature with "The Clash of the Titans".

SWEET!!!


L
Random Thoughts on Translation Drift by Dedalus
Ms. Fricke:

Please accept my most humble apologies. What we have here is a generational-translation gap algorithm that needs to be debugged. You see, I, being a baby-boomer, grew up with the Richmond Lattimore Homeric translations, which render the cited phrase "Oh caustic detritus of Hades' Cistern, I strike at thee with the massive might of my God-spawned thoughts." You, being a Generation-Whateverer, had the more dumbed-down versions.

So, you see why your reference meant nothing to me...

To quote those erudite philosphers of yore, Mr. Bartles and Mr. Jaymes, "Thank you for your support."

Have a Sweet Week! (And please invite me to your Clash-of-The-B-Movies Festival )....

-- (Name Lost in the Quantum Drift of Existential Angst)
Homer? Odyssey? Ah, whatever. by Shadrach
I haven't visited this site in a long while and y'all are talking about O Brother, Where Art Thou? (ok, maybe it's just Liz talking about it and not Brad) - funny coincidence that I just watched the movie last night (only for the 1000th time).

I really wanted to go see this show since I was in it with Class Act Theatre and almost in it again with GTA. I think I understand maybe 3 words in Brad's review (Brad or Einstein?), LOL. From what I understood, GSF modernized the play instead of going with the traditional Italian commedia del'arte version. I'd like to know how that worked out.
It works, Clint! by Dedalus
I thought the production sparked on all levels (in fact, I'm seeing it again this weekend). The framing story makes the original Commedia character a but unnecessary, so the whole things works without the traditional masks. I missed Class Act's production, so I'm curious what your reaction will be. Anyway, enjoy it!

-- Brad


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