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November 4, 2011 > A classic comedy with a modern twist

A classic comedy with a modern twist

Submitted By Gosia Asher

The original "Servant of Two Masters," a 250-year old Commedia dell'Arte farce, features Truffaldino, the wily servant around whom all the comic madness explodes. Oded Gross and Tracy Young's modern twist gives a timely and youthful edginess to Servant that looks like it was ripped from today's headlines. Ohlone College's Theatre Department presents three weekends of "Servant of Two Masters" beginning November 4.

Carlo Goldoni's original story depicts a hapless servant who, broke and hungry, finds himself in the service of two masters, penetrating the love lives and official affairs of two households, dodging one while narrowly averting disaster with another, and managing to outwit them all.

Gross and Young's adaptation places the Goldoni farce within a second story, that of a down-on-its-luck theatre department, struggling with budget cuts and rolling blackouts, (broke and hungry!), struggling to tell the comic tale of Truffaldino despite all the challenges. They don't quite "Occupy Ohlone" to make their point, but the characters will dazzle the audience with the struggles of living by their wits as their wallets fail, keeping their humor and humanity about them.

For tickets and information, please visit the Smith Center website at:, email the Box Office at or call (510) 659-6031.

Servant of Two Masters
November 4-5, 10-12, 17-19
(ASL interpreted November 10-11)
8 p.m.
Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6031
Tickets: $10 - $15

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