Friday, January 04, 2013
The shameless mugging to be seen onstage at The Guthrie, as embodied by the current production of Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant Of Two Masters”, a production I deplored.
The production was worthy of a community college in the Ozarks. There was not a shred of talent to be seen onstage. The entire performance, I wanted to shout out at the performers, “Don’t quit your day jobs!”
I haven’t a clue what was going through the director’s mind. In fact, during the second act, I concluded that the director did not have a mind, and that this shortcoming was the source of the production’s problems.
It is my understanding that ticket sales for the production have been disappointing, with box-office receipts deteriorating week-by-week as negative word-of-mouth around town reached critical mass.
By rights, The Guthrie should offer refunds to everyone who made the mistake of attending the production—and throw in money for parking and gas, too.