Carlo Goldini’s comedy, THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, presented by Emu Productions and Fool In Progress Theatre Company, features a sparkling translation by Edward J Dent.
The play’s main character, Truffaldino, is hungry. ALWAYS hungry (claiming his master never feeds him, he dreams of spaghetti). While working for one master, Federigo, he decides to double dip and work for a second master, Florindo, to satisfy his everlasting hunger.
Meanwhile lovers are betrothed, meet, fight and, more importantly, love. Where there is love, there is food and where there is food there is Truffaldino.
The ongoing debate about same sex marriage and parenting is still in full swing in 2014, 33 years after playwright Alison Lyssa wrote PINBALL.
She wrote the play to help a lesbian mother who was fighting a very costly court case for custody of her children. Society has come a long way in its acceptance of same sex parents, but prejudice still exists today. It’s good that Lyssa’s play has been revived for Mardi Gras Sydney 2014, to remind us of the pain that this kind of exclusion can bring loving parents.
Theenie and Sylvester have separated – Theenie has moved on to a new life with her lesbian girlfriend, Axis, and Sylvester has found a new wife, Louise, the epitome of conservative acceptability. Theenie and Sylvester have an eight year old son, Alabaster, (all the children on stage are imagined), who will soon be the victim of a nasty custody battle.