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The Servant of Two Masters

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  952 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Goldoni's eighteenth-century masterpiece is an enduring story of love, passion, and mistaken identity. Young Venetian Clarice can't marry her lover, Silvio. She had been betrothed to Rasponi, who appears to have returned from the dead to claim her. But the Rasponi who appears is actually Beatrice, Rasponi's sister who is in disguise as her brother and has come to Venice to ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Broadway Play Publishing Inc (first published 1745)
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Chiara Pagliochini
“Oh bella! Ghe n’è tanti che cerca un padron, e mi ghe n’ho trovà do. Come diavol oia da far? Tutti do no li posso servir. No? E perché no? No la saria una bella cossa servirli tutti do, e guadagnar do salari, e magnar el doppio?”

Mi viene il dubbio che io sia francamente impazzita. Tre giorni fa non mi sarebbe mai passato per la testa che potessi leggere Goldoni con tanta serenità, disponibilità, persino allegria. Tre giorni fa, quando l’ho messo nella valigia, pensavo soltanto, Cristo, sarà ora

Je ne me rappelle pas si j’ai déjà lu une autre pièce dans le genre commedia dell’arte. Je pense que non. J’ai lu, évidemment, des œuvres inspirées par celui-ci (et je pense surtout à Molière et à Beaumarchais, mais à Shakespeare aussi), pourtant jusqu’à maintenant mes connaissances du genre étaient simplement théoriques.

Je sais également qu’Arlequin valet de deux maîtres n’est pas une comédie typique non plus – le génie de Carlo Goldoni qui a révolutionné d’ailleurs la dramaturgie ne se conten
Feb 06, 2015 Bianca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
The first time when I read it I had a pretty good impression, but when I played it with my theatre band I realized that is funnier and more interesting than I thought. Because it is the first time I heard of Carlo Goldoni and I had no expectations about his plays, I was really surprised to get caught by a story of the eighteenth century.
Kristýna Revajová
This book became one of my favorite books ive read so far. It has a nice sense of humor, great plot and beautifuly written characters. ...more
Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
It was fun

I wonder what happened to me a few hours ago, when I listened to Servant of Two Masters.
Normally, I would not have patience for a farce that involves many twists and various people coming up in various clothes and with different names and…sexes.
But this time, a little magic made me follow almost the entire plot and with that make some sense of what would otherwise have been incomprehensible and futile peroration.
Beatrice is near the center of the
Apr 17, 2013 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, comedy-farce
کارلو گولدونی در انتهای قرن هژدهم در جمهوری ونیز به دنیا آمد. آثار گولدونی، به ویژه کمدی هایش اگرچه در اوایل قرن نوزدهم میلادی نوشته شده، اما هنوز هم می توان اخلاقیات و روحیات ایتالیای امروز را به روشنی در آنها دید. شاید از همین رو ایتالیایی ها گولدونی را می ستایند. او زندگی و ارزش های آنها، به ویژه طبقه ی متوسط ایتالیا را در کمدی هایش منعکس کرده است. مشهورترین اثر گولدونی، "نوکر دو ارباب" (1745) است که هنوز هم هر ساله نه تنها بر صحنه های تیاتر ایتالیا، که در اغلب کشورهای اروپایی نمایش داده می ش ...more
Ferial Hameurlaine
just as enjoyable the 2nd time around !
Oct 22, 2007 Wiccat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read, you can't go wrong with commedia dell'arte. I've always loved comedies of mistaken identity.
Mar 27, 2014 Lise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smeraldina is the greatest. That is all.
May 26, 2016 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
actually surprisingly funny
Nov 04, 2015 Šári rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Konečně nějaká povinná četba, která mě hodně bavila. Divadelní hru bych hodnotila kladněji. :)
Nov 27, 2016 Orcun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk perdede belli edilen bir aldatmaca, uyanık uşağın umursamazlıklarıyla ve başka yanlış anlamalarla içinden çıkılmaz bir hal alıyor. Çok dinamik ve eğlenceli bir oyun.
Adele Hurabielle
Feb 07, 2017 Adele Hurabielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une pièce rythmée

Une pure comedia dell'Arte: rythme soutenu, nombreux quiproquos, comique de répétition, retournements de situations, ...
Chacun y trouvera son compte.
Mahmoud Alzafari
Feb 04, 2014 Mahmoud Alzafari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خادم السيدين
تبدء المسرحية بتقديم بياتريتشه امرأة سافرت الى فينيسيا متنكرة على انها اخيها ذلك للبحث عن قاتله فلورندو والذي هو في نفس الوقت حبيبها, حيث ان اخيها المتوفى نهاها عن الزواج به و مات و هو يدافع عن شرف اخته.
تتنكر بياتريتشه على انها اخوها فيدجيو راسبوني لتجمع ارثها من مال اخيها من بنطلون والد كلاريتشه و التي هي خطيبة فيدجيو حيث تريد استخدام هذا المال لتساعد حبيبها على الهروب و لتتمكن من الزواج به, لكن ظن بنطلون ان فيدجيو مات سمح لكلاريتشه ان تقع في غرام شاب آخر و هو سيلفيو بحيث يخطبا
Jun 15, 2016 Madeline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Ugh, I don't walk to talk about this play. Not even the play, just this particular adaptation!

The story itself: meh. It was okay. It was all of Shakespeare's female-led comedy plots combined with every Moliere shtick-character ever. I mean, it wasn't bad, just a worn out Elizabethan plot. I would have given it a four if it weren't for Dorothy Louise.

Dorothy Louise has officially created the worst modern "translation" with this particular adaptation. It's awful. She left in most of the original
Jan 07, 2016 Riley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Servant of Two Masters, while not the necessarily the most hilarious thing I've ever read, is a very funny play that I think is worth reading. It involves an over-the-top set of characters with an intricate plot line. This complicated storyline is one of the greatest things about this play and one of the worst because it is extremely clever, but can often become a little confusing and hard to follow. Also, I did not understand what purpose the play-within-a-play subplot served, because it di ...more
Jan 06, 2017 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review also references One Man, Two Guvnors

The same plot stuck into two very different settings, The Servant of Two Masters and One Man, Two Guvnors are both delightful in their own ways. The tale of a hapless servant who accidentally begins working for two different men, the play relies heavily on mistaken identity, timing, and other screwball hijinks.

The Servant of Two Masters is an 18th-century Italian play that draws heavily from commedia dell’arte tradition. One Man, Two Guvnors is a 2
Kaisa Joutsen
Sep 06, 2015 Kaisa Joutsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Пьесу Карло Гольдини "Слуга двух господ" я читала с особым интересом - два года назад мне посчастливилось побывать в итальянском городке Бергамо (том самом, откуда родом главный герой произведения - Труффальдино). Воодушевленная воспоминаниями, я "проглотила" книгу за несколько часов. Далее я остановлюсь на содержании книги и общих впечатлениях.

О чем книга: Об отношении слуг и господ. О стереотипных чертах итальянцев - импульсивности, любвеобильности и лукавстве. О том, что любовь, конечно, побе
American Shakespeare Center
Disguised lovers, tricky servants, and well-meaning parents cross and double-cross one another along the canals of Venice in Carlo Goldoni’s slapstick-filled, comic gem. The characters’ search for a happy ending depends entirely on the titular servant Truffaldino, who is constantly on the lookout for a decent meal. Truffaldino’s attempt to double his wages unravels with delicious mayhem in this joyous, 18th century lark.

Come see it live onstage at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Pl
Vicky Bernard
Feb 06, 2010 Vicky Bernard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une de mes pièces de théâtre classiques préférées!

Même si je l'ai déjà lue plusieurs fois et vue sur scène à quelques reprises, je prends toujours autant de plaisir aux inventions d'Arlequin et aux quiproquos qui parsèment cette histoire.

Et même si elle date de plus de deux siècles et s'inspire de la tradition de la commedia del arte, cette pièce n'en a pas moins un côté moderne et revendicateur, notamment en ce qui a trait au féminisme (voir entre autres les commentaires cinglants de Esmeralda
Nov 18, 2014 Bine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Sterne für die Übersetzung und den Witz, der daraus resultiert, 2 Sterne für die Handlung, die so typisch Komödie ist, dass ich nur darüber gähnen konnte. Verwechslung, Verkleidung, Liebesverstrickung, immer das gleiche.
Dabei ist das Stück nicht ununterhaltsam, aber einfach überhaupt nict spannend. Wer Komödien mag, ist hier wahrscheinlich bestens bedient, aber ich bin sowieso kein Fan von Komödien, deshalb hat mir eine Menge gefehlt. Die deutsche Fassung, die ich gelesen habe, ist von Werner
Tim Ackerly
Sep 15, 2014 Tim Ackerly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Hall's 1999 adaptation for an RSC/Young Vic Theatre Company production is so annoyingly UK-centric that I was constantly pushed out of the world of the play. The names and locales are the only remaining traces of the play's Italian heritage. Filled with English colloquialisms and idioms, the language honors neither the spirit of the original nor Goldoni himself and many of the liberties taken by Hall would've horribly offended the prudish playwright.
Anna Belkovska
Humors ne manai gaumei, tomēr padalīšos ar brīnišķīgu citātu:
Beat.: Are you afraid I am not a woman after all? I will give you proof positive.
(kā vēlāk uzzināju no citas tulkojuma versijas - šeit Beat. uzliek Clar. roku sev uz krūts)
Clar.: It all seems just like a dream.
Beat.: Yes. 'Tis a strange business.
Clar.:'Tis indeed fantastic.
Jul 28, 2011 Sjonni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ah, pur troppo egli è vero: in questa vita per lo più o si pena, o si spera, e poche volte si gode." - Clarice, acte I, scene 22.

This play was made into a musical film in the USSR back in the 70's with the title "Труффалдино ди Бергамо". An old soviet favorite apparently.
I like this book so far it has a little bit of humour in it. This book a little confuing and difficult to understand. sometimes i have to read the same page a few times to understand what is going on.
Ferial Hameurlaine
in the best tradition of La Commedia dell'arte, The servant of two masters was an enjoyable read, both clever and amusing, definitely a must read if you enjoy reading plays.
Nov 22, 2008 Sirelo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this great play a perfect example of the comedia dell'arte style.

Oct 30, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely funny and amusing. First I saw it on stage from National Theatre in London (NT live) with James Corden, Jemima Rooper and Oliver Chris. And it was great - play also.
May 11, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it
The translation I read was extremely funny. Truffaldino is the funnest character I have ever played. This is an extremely fun play.
Apr 18, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni was an Italian playwright and librettist from the Republic of Venice. His works include some of Italy's most famous and best-loved plays. Audiences have admired the plays of Goldoni for their ingenious mix of wit and honesty. His plays offered his contemporaries images of themselves, often dramatizing the lives, values, and conflicts of the emerging middle classes. Though he ...more
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