By Tom Titus
Vanguard University is offering its playgoers a theatrical history lesson along with its robustly comical production of Carlo Goldoni‘s “The Servant of Two Masters.”
The play dates back to 1743 and features characters popular in the Italian commedia dell’arte style of largely unscripted farce. Sort of what might happen if the Three Stooges met the Marx Brothers 400 years ago in Venice.
Broad, physical comedy abounds in director Susan K. Berkompas’ rollicking production, with its servants and fools wearing masks in the traditional style of 18th century commedia. And one scene — in a restaurant late in the first act — is alone worth the price of admission.