The Servant of Two Masters
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The Servant of Two Masters
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The Servant of Two Masters NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(90 Ratings)
Positive
82%
Mixed
16%
Negative
2%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Delightful

About the Show

Theatre for a New Audience presents Carlo Goldoni's 18th-century comic masterpiece about a servant so hungry he takes on two jobs to survive.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (90)

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PMF
57 Reviews | 22 Followers
100
Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if You want to the BEST physical comedy (& wittiest improv) in NYC. It was great to see Christopher Bayes' work after hearing of him for years.

Don't see it if You're a Republican. Many jokes at Trump's expense (I know the theater's s'posed to be a safe place...)!

224 Reviews | 42 Followers
96
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if A classic comedy that sported One Man Two Governors. An extraordinary cast that are minute perfect.

Don't see it if Your a sour puss and don't want to travel to a theatre around the corner from BAM.

157 Reviews | 63 Followers
96
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy a very funny story, terrific acting, improvisation and laughing. A welcome respite fromthe gloom. . Well deserved ovation.

Don't see it if You only like serious drama. The New York Times review is so off mark - as if Isherwood was at another play.

305 Reviews | 60 Followers
95
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you want to see a brilliantly & rarely performed 18th century farce performed in the Italian "Commedia' style with pop culture references.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy 18th century Italian farce performed by a hardworking and talented cast of actors who have the style down to a science.

254 Reviews | 138 Followers
93
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Must see, Masterful

See it if You have a funny bone.

Don't see it if You're looking for something profound

Also I don't know how some reviewers scored this show so low. Maybe a week ago the cast wasn't as finely tuned as they are now. A number of current topical jokes gave been changed. At the show I saw most of the audience laughed throughout. Fully half the audience gave a standing ovation. If you are on the fence due to some bad reviews I urge you to go see it.

260 Reviews | 87 Followers
88
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you enjoy comedy. Epp is a master clown. Show runs like a Swiss clock after many productions with the cast.

Don't see it if Grumpy Gus is your nickname. Easy to satisfy an audience after one act, so leaving is not unusual.

74 Reviews | 11 Followers
88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You enjoy over the top comedy with modern references and random singing.

Don't see it if You are looking for the original script as they changed/ cut/added a lot! Or if you don't enjoy silliness on stage.

186 Reviews | 37 Followers
86
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you like commedia dell'arte, broad comedy, meta comedy, improv, and live music.

Don't see it if you want a serious, scripted play with a lot of character development or plot. There are scripted moments, but a fair amount of improv also

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
November 16th, 2016

"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."
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Time Out New York
November 16th, 2016

“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."
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Theatermania
November 17th, 2016

"The entire cast gives it their all in performing this thin yet convoluted plot, and that is part of the problem. The more you encourage them, the harder they push the comedy in ways that just aren't funny...Certainly, many viewers will delight in such gleefully lowbrow humor. Epp sells it better than anyone in the cast...Alas, even he cannot compensate for an overly long script weighed down by zany line readings and mildly funny sight gags."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 18th, 2016

"A pretty flat glass of prosecco...The jokes, at least at the performance I attended, rarely landed. Or they landed, all right, but mostly with a thud...Epp has a blessedly light touch, effortlessly bouncing around the stage and switching out personas like so many carnival masks. If only his material were better, this might be a convulsive evening. In a cast filled with would-be cutups, the ladies fare the best...It looks like a farce, it acts like a farce, but somehow the laughs have vanished."
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CurtainUp
November 20th, 2016

"Farce is a polarizing form of entertainment...The cast of classically trained actors engage in energetic slapstick...In the tradition of commedia dell’arte, many jokes are risque...The proceedings close in a manner as picturesque as the beginning: an outsize crescent moon rises over a wild goose chase involving 11 actors and all the aisles of the orchestra section. For people who like farce, all of this is heavenly stuff. For those in the anti-farce camp, it's likely to be torture."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 16th, 2016

"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."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
November 19th, 2016

“A beautifully performed, cleverly staged, attractively designed but somewhat hollow rendition...Bayes's approach is to return 'The Servant' to its improvisatory roots and to recapture the wild zaniness and madcap, anything-goes excitement of commedia...But everything here is so carefully calibrated that there seems little room for real improvisation...When it ends, after two and a half hours, you may feel, with me, that it's overstayed its welcome by an hour.”
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scribicide
November 24th, 2016

"[T]he jokes come as rapidly as machine-gun fire; if you don't like one, no need to worry, since six more have been made in the time it took you to hear the first. Chances are you'll find enough of them funny to laugh continuously for the play's two and a half hours."
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