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Dv8 Black Box Theater
Plano, TX
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Staged simply, colorfully and with cartoonish styling and pace by director Kyle Eric Bradford, Fun House Theatre and FIlm's production of THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS mixes classic Commedia dell'arte plot lines and elements with modern mainstays of comedy to create an incredibly approachable production that not only allows audiences to experience the roots of what we know as comedy, but to see how it has evolved into much of what we laugh at today. Crazy physical comedy, prop comedy, a bit of music, a bit of clowning and more combine in a presentation designed to keep the attention of young audience members while garnering laughs from the adults picking up on the language and commentary of the piece.

Carlo Goldonis THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS is a foundational piece of Commedia dellarte, an Italian theatrical form which flourished throughout Europe between the 16th-18th centuries. Commedia dell'arte included familiar plot lines, stock characters, pantomime and popular lazzis or comedic bits blended together with improvisation to tell various tales of lovers, old foolishly learned doctors, greedy men, brashly brave military officers and hapless servants as a commentary on society. Notably, it was one of the first theatrical forms featuring female actresses playing women, essential as a device for much of its humor. Commedia dellarte troupes traveled around Europe usually numbering 10 or so actors, who, through various skills and the use of masks, took on the characters and needs of their performances. In Jeffrey Hatchers adapation of The Servant of Two Masters modern meta-theatrics and mayhem abound as a troupe of traveling actors pull into town to mount the classic Goldoni story which is chock full of disguise, traps and tricks. The play within this play focusses on the lovers, Clarice and Silvio and the case of a deception perpetrated by the sly Beatrice Rasponi upon three men, Pantalone, Dr. Lombardi and Florindo. Caught in the middle of it all is the poor, dimwitted and hungry servant, Truffaldino

Making their return from the adult professional theatre scene in New York, award winning Fun House Theatre and Film puts their pint size powerhouses back in action with a comedic offering going all the way back to the roots of what we now know as comedy as they mount an approachable and clever adaptation of the Commedia dellarte classic, THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS. Joining the shenanigans, Fun House's subsidiary company, The Basement, supplies some of the area's most acclaimed young adult actors to the production which blends conventional Commedia with improv, slapstick and quick witted dialogue to create a comedic offering fit for all ages. Well suited to lead this hilarity firmly grounded in theatrical history, dramaturg and comedy standout as a member of the wildly popular Dallas improv legends, The Victims and the artistic director of Alternative Comedy Theater, Kyle Eric Bradford directs this stylistic sampler running July 13-21 at the newly renovated Dv8 performance space (The old black box theater in Plano known for housing Fun House over the last 8 years).
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Dv8 Black Box Theater (View)
1192 Greenway Drive
Plano, TX 75074
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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