POST: 'The Servant of Two Masters' - there really is nothing laughter can't heal

What's it about?

The Servant of Two Masters is an 18th century comedic play about a servant named Truffaldino who winds up working for two masters in hopes of getting a meal in exchange for his labor. 

What'd I experience?

On my way to the theatre, I wasn't really in the mood to be there or anywhere besides my warm bed under a mountain of blankets. The week prior was full of ALOT of school and personal stress and post-election anxiety so... I wasn't really up for laughing (yes, my week was THAT bad). On top of that, my expectations were pretty limited. All I knew about the show was that it was a play in the style of commedia dell'arte and that was it.

As soon as the opening number began, I started to feel some of my stress go down. How could it not when the stage was full of people in masks, bright costumes and singing about our "laughter hitting the rafters"? I did not expect myself to like this show (it was written like decadessssss ago) but this was the first time in a while that I was really able to feel totally free in a theatre. That, I was truly excited about, and setting aside all of the crap I dealt with before getting there. It was almost like this show was able to take everything that I came in with, everything that has been bothering me and bring it to the surface in a way that not only made it bearable but actually made me laugh until it hurt.

The show throws in improvised black jokes and the relevance of white privilege ...

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Election jokes... (too soon?)

BYE FELICIA jokes...

Raps about feminism...

And everything far and in between. I was so in awe at how they were able to take modern, current and very relevant topics and mix it so seamlessly with the actual 18th century text! Every single time the character Florindo came on stage, I couldn't stop thinking about how much he reminded me of Puss in Boots from Shrek! He looked and sounded exactly like him! 

I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my Sunday. This show came at the most perfect time for me. I was able to spend a few hours doing nothing but laughing until tears streamed down my face and until my stomach actually hurt. Watching the actors look so free and have so much fun onstage, I was able to leave everything I felt the week prior behind. This show was the exact remedy I didn't even know I needed. And it gave me hope that even when shit is TOO REAL and feels like there is no hope, there really is nothing that laughter can't heal - even if it's only for two and a half hours.


Want to see it?

$20 New Deal tickets (for 30&under theatregoers)

@ Theatre for a New Audience
thru Dec. 4


What'd you experience?

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