REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Servant of Two Masters” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | Nov 17, 2016
“The Servant of Two Masters,” written by Carlo Goldoni and directed by Christopher Bayes, opened on November 16, 2016 in New York City. “The Servant of Two Masters,” written by Carlo Goldoni and directed by Christopher Bayes, opened on November 16, 2016 in New York City.


3 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 66.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 35
"While the production had some in the audience consistently in stitches, I found it laborious, arch, stuffed to the point of stultifying with contemporary jokes, and only fitfully amusing. Actually, fitfully is being generous…The onslaught of anachronistic references began to feel more like an act of desperation than like freewheeling invention, as if the director and his collaborators did not trust the material to delight us without continual goosing."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
“The show takes an anything-goes approach via stock characters, one-liners, slapstick, masks, songs and snatches of anachronistic improvisation…Epp—a very gifted physical comedian—plays the dopey-wily Truffaldino…The energetic ensemble essentially throws spaghetti against the wall, sees what sticks, and serves that up; then it gathers the remaining noodles from the floor, pours on some cheese, and serves that up too, with a genuine smile."
Joel Benjamin
Theater Pizzazz
ShowScore: 95
"A wondrous thing, a campy, happy romp just perfect for a New York City beset with feelings of dread…Of course, it’s not the silly plot, but the execution of it that counts and these actors pour everything they have into bringing these characters to life…This is a production that should move to Broadway. It is, by far, the most entertaining show in New York City and deserves to be seen."


The show was also reviewed by 18 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 87.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful

shakes2000, ShowScore: 99
See it if…"You are in need of a production that is both hysterical and beautiful." 
Don't see it if…"You are not a fan of clowning (despite the truth at the heart of all of it)."
Lloyd 6047, ShowScore: 89
See it if…"Commedia dell'arte at its slapstick best by a troupe of talented physical actors. Non-stop laughs. Great staging and costumes." 
Don't see it if…"They tried a little too hard at times. Drop the masks on some actors, especially Epp, the playwright/star. Let's see his expressive face."
Mick San, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You want to see a show that's refreshing and fresh with a great cast that will have you laughing out loud. Zany, crazy and fun." 
Don't see it if…"You don't want zany, crazy and fun or you don't have a sense of humor, don't like sexual innuendo and jokes, need a neatly wrapped show." 

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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.