The Servant of Two Masters at Westmont College: Commedia dell’arte Commences New Theater Season

In Mitchell Thomas’s new production of The Servant of Two Masters, the action begins outside where dramaturge and green show director Jessie Drake sets a half-dozen or more small circus-style acts going, much to the delight and loud acclaim of a mostly student crowd. At the box office window, spinning Halloween noisemakers are issued along with the programs, and the tickets are actually metallic gold masks, many of which get worn immediately and throughout the show by the enthusiastic crowd. It’s all part of the festivities, a perfect late-harvest spectacle with roots in the medieval celebration of the seasons. A full moon completes the scene outdoors while the performers slowly gather inside, awaiting their slapstick cue to begin the craziness. more

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