Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ARTFARM opens second week of The Servant of Two Masters with “Pay What You Can” Wednesday performance

ARTFARM’s The Servant of Two Masters is kicking off its second week of performances the with a ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ night on Wednesday, July 20th. The eleventh annual Shakespeare in the Grove production is Carlo Goldoni’s 1740 commedia masterpiece, performed outdoors on the campus of Middlesex Community College, and tonight is a great opportunity to see it for whatever you can afford to pay.

First week audiences are raving about this fast-paced farce: “The play is HILARIOUS from start to finish. We LOVED it and plan to see it again, later this week. Check it out!” writes one audience member. Another happy patron gushed: “I LOVED it! I am so thrilled and impressed. Can you please keep doing commedia?” People who have been to ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove productions for years are calling it their favorite show yet.

All performances start at 7 pm, and are preceded by an hour of live music beginning at 6 p.m. Each evening’s performance is opened by a different Connecticut headliner musician, showcasing some of the State’s best musical acts.

This week’s musical headliners are as follows:
Wednesday 7/20- Andrew Biagiarelli
Thursday 7/21- Krizta Moon
Friday 7/22- Nancy Tucker
Saturday 7/23- Anitra Brooks Band, with Eric Kuhn, Matt Russ and Trevor Davis
Sunday 7/24- Kate Callahan

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic and enjoy professional music and theater at sunset in the beautiful Cedar Grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley. Popcorn and ice cream are available at the venue, but most patrons bring their own picnic and beverages and enjoy the music and the setting with friends or family before the play begins.

The performance on Friday, July 22 will be followed by a “Talkback” with the director and cast.

Middlesex Community College is located at 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT. 
Shakespeare in the Grove 2016 is made possible by generous support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Pratt & Whitney, and generous donorsbusinesses who supported ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Goes To Italy Gala. Shakespeare in the Grove is co-sponsored by Middlesex Community College. Tickets are $15 for children, $25 for adults.

Marcella Trowbridge as Beatrice and Alex Kydd as Silvio. Photo by Bill De Kine.

The full cast of The Servant of Two Masters. Photo by Bill De Kine.

Brian Jennings (AEA) as Truffaldino. Photo by Bill De Kine.

Kaia Monroe (AEA) as Pantalone and Joni Weisfeld as Smeraldina.
                                                    Photos by Bill De Kine.

For tickets and information, contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390, email, or go to


Catherine Johnson said...

This show is absolutely hilarious. It is performed in regular
English - no fancy Shakespeare to translate. It is sprinkled
with jokes and up-to-the-minute humor from popular culture,
with appeal t both adults and children. The only problem is
I don't know if ArtFarm will be able to top themselves in the
future. I recommend it, especially for anyone who says they
normally doesn't go for this stuff. I brought one of those people
with me, and we were the last to leave. Every character is a delight.
Bring a couple extra bucks for popcorn. It was a fun,fun night.

John Hall said...

I agree that Servant of Two Masters is a delightful comedy that is very accessible and totally silly. It was bold of ARTFARM to venture out of Shakespeare, but the effort was completely successful. Don't miss this show.