Gloomy weather and winter blues are no match for Synetic Theater’s production of The Servant of Two Masters. Originally written by Italian playwright Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni in 1746, it’s a comical tale of love, mistaken identities, and trickery. Director Vato Tsikurishvili, who produces and stars in this wordless adaptation, calls it a “hilarious farce” and a “surefire way to warm you right up.” The Servant of Two Masters centers around Truffaldino (Tsikurishvili), a hungry servant trying to scheme his way to more food. In a quest for a bigger dinner, Truffaldino stumbles into the ultimate trickery of living a double life. Quite literally, Truffaldino begins serving two masters. At the same time, Beatrice (Nutsa Tediashvili) is looking for her lover, Florindo (Jacob Thompson), and Clarice (Irene Hamilton) is navigating a tumultuous engagement to Silvio (Pablo Guillen). Truffaldino’s trickery touches everyone, causing momentary chaos for the couples and laughs all around. As always, Synetic’s adaptation stands out by generating these laughs without words, embracing its mission to combine text, drama, movement, acrobatics, and dance in unique physical theater. April 6 to 24 at Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $25–$60.
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