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The Servant of Two Masters at Salem State

The Servant of Two Masters

Take a young couple about to be wed, add two manipulating fathers, a saucy maid, a gourmet innkeeper, a misjudged killer, a woman dressed as a man, awkward porters and rude waiters with a dash of a mischievous servant and you have Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece, The Servant of Two Masters.

At its center is the scheming (and perpetually hungry) servant, Truffaldino, who concocts a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. While Goldoni’s Venetian romps was written in the eighteenth century, audience members will recognize timeless comic devices reminiscent of the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Little Tramp.”

Directed and choreographed by David Allen George with scenic Venice designed by James Fallon and the elaborate costumes and traditional masks of the Venice Carnival designed by Jane Hillier-Walkowiak, this wildly funny and totally enjoyable classic is a guaranteed delight.

  • The Servant of Two Masters
  • Directed by David Allen George
  • April 17-19, April 24-26, 7:30 pm and April 27, 2 pm.
  • Salem State University. Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St.
  • Tickets are $15 general/$10 students and seniors
  • Purchase online at: or 978.542.6365.

Pre-show talk: What’s So Funny? Universal Humor on April 24 at 6:30 pm.

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Come enjoy Spring at The Gables

The House of the Seven Gables

During Massachsetts' April Vacation Week, April 19 – 27, The House of the Seven Gables will offer family-themed programming on its historic grounds.  Families are invited to participate in a wealth of hands-on experiences. 

Events include:
•    demonstrations of colonial toys and games
•    yarn-spinning and lace-making demonstrations
•    knot-tying sessions
•    bilingual (English/Spanish) telling of Caribbean Tales
•    arts and crafts projects
•    historic food ways discussions

These events are scheduled throughout the week on the museum grounds and in the Hooper-Hathaway House.  

On Sunday, 4/27, The Gables will also offer health-and-wellness presentations and healthy cooking demonstrations of traditional Latino dishes.

Special Events Admission: “Pay What You Wish” to help support the mission of the Gables.

Regular Admission for House tours:            
Adults: $12.50
Seniors and AAA Members: $11.50
Children ages 5–12: $7.50
Children under 5 years: Free

See spring unfold in their seaside gardens, and let Hawthorne speak to you in the place he called home.

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