One Boss Too Many
Adaptation by Michael Messmer
Directed by Candi Pickering
Arden Playhouse is delighted to present ONE BOSS TOO MANY, a modern adaptation by Michael Messmer of one of the world's great comedies Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. It is the story of a pair of young lovers, one set from the old world and one from the new, whose lives are turned upside down by old ways and one guy too clever for his own good.
At first all looks beautiful as Clarice Rotini is engaged to Robert Canneloni with the blessing of their parents, Carlo Rotini and Prof. Canneloni. But word soon arrives via the clever Vito Truffaldino that Bernardo Ravioli has arrived to have the old promise of his marriage to Clarice honored. All had heard that Bernardo had been killed and therefore, the promise no longer mattered.
When Bernardo enters, apparently alive, it appears that the marriage of Clarice and Robert is impossible. But that's just the start of the mayhem. Bernardo is really his sister, Beatrice, in disguise. She has come from Italy as her brother to find her lover, Giorgio, who fled to America after killing Bernardo.
At some point you may think you need a chart to keep up with all the twists and turns in the plot, but it really doesn't matter. The fun is watching how Vito creates a world of fanciful stories (okay, lets just call them lies) in order to save his job...and finally, save his neck. And see the beauty of true love winning out in spite of all...and that the scheming Vito finally gets what's coming to him.
Appearing in the Arden Playhouse production of ONE BOSS TOO MANY are Billy Jean Vollman, Frank Hickox, Aimelle Heinberger, Taylor Fleer, Patty Thiel, Stephen Watson, Scott Plotkin, Elias Nunez and Matthew Fairall.
8PM Fridays and Saturdays - - March 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, April 4, 5, 11, 12.
Sunday Matinees 2PM - - March 16 & 23.