Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, as adapted by Constance Congdon (Tales of the Lost Formicans), completes the 2001 season at Seattle's Intiman Theatre with an opening Oct. 3. Broadway's Patti Cohenour (The Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and regular Seattle performers Laurence Ballard and R. Hamilton Wright star in the classic commedia dell'arte piece directed by Bartlett Sher (Waste).
The servant at the center of Servant of Two Masters is Truffaldino, who runs a scam on two different wealthy patrons, providing services for both, while also taking money and meals from each. Unfortunately, when the two, Beatrice and Florindo, end up staying at the same inn, comic chaos results.
Cohenour starred on Broadway as Christine in Phantom, as Rosabud in Drood and Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River. In Servant, she plays Clarice. Ballard is Il Dottore with Wright as Brighella. Elisabeth Adwin and Frank Corrado play the mistress Beatrice and the master Florindo with Dan Donohue as the wily Truffaldino. Also in the cast are Jane Jones (Smeraldina), Jeff Steitzer (Pantalone) and Jason Cottle (Silvio).
Designing The Servant of Two Masters are two-time Tony winner Jennifer Tipton (lighting), Douglas Stein (sets) and Kim Krumm Sorenson (costumes). Christopher Bayes of Theatre de la Jeune Lune will teach the company commedia techniques.
Tickets are $42-$10. The Intiman Theatre is located in the Seattle Center at 201 Mercer St. For reservation information, call (206) 269-1900. The Intiman Theatre is on the web at http://www.intiman.org. — By Christine Ehren