TIMELESS COMEDY: It may have been written in the 1700s, but “Servant of Two Masters,” still has audiences laughing four centuries later. First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St., opens its version of the play — adapted to include some election year humor — with a preview show at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
The plot revolves around a servant who tries to double his income by serving two masters, creating hilarious situations.
Regular performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27; and 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Admission is $10 each for the preview show. Tickets for regular shows are general admission, $20 advance and $24 at the door; ages 65 and older; $18 in advance, $22 at the door; full-time students (any age), free with reservation to most shows (30 tickets available each performance; please call or email the box office) or $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the box office noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and one hour before shows; by calling 422-6329; or at www.firstpres-fw.org.
MORE LAUGHS: Comedian Gabriel Rutledge will perform at 7:30 p.m. today and 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Snickerz, 5535 St. Joe Road. Carmen Vallone also will perform.
Tickets are $8 for today and $9.50 for Friday and Saturday.
Rutledge, who lives in Olympia, Wash., gave up a job as a pizza deliveryman in 2000 to try a comedy career. He debuted in 2008 on the nationally syndicated “Bob & Tom” radio show, based in Indianapolis, and on the “Bob & Tom” TV show on WGN America. More recently, Rutledge appeared at the Great American Comedy Festival.
Vallone, who is from update New York, has done comedy for seven years. He also is the host and producer of “A Joke Off!!!,” a nationally touring comedy competition.MYSTERY MEAL: The mystery-comedy “Busybody” closes out its run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St.
An office building cleaning woman finds a body, which disappears by the time the police arrive. They doubt her story until an unidentified body turns up on a hill, and the cleaning lady discovers more evidence.
Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 p.m.; dinner by The Bagel Station is served at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $35 per person. They are available at the theater box office, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and show dates; by calling 424-5622; and at www.arenadinnertheatre.org.
LIVE SAX: Get your mind out of the gutter. We said “sax,” as in saxophone. From 9 p.m. to midnight, you can enjoy The Mark Maxwell Sax Experience at The Philmore on Broadway, 2441 Broadway.
Maxwell grew up in Fort Wayne, attended North Side High School and then moved to Los Angeles, where he lived for many years and recorded 18 CDs. Now he's back in Fort Wayne, and his band will perform three shows at The Philmore. Future dates are Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Catablu will cater hors d'oeuvres. Cost is $10 advance, $12 day of show, not including food. Reservations: 1-800-599-9820. Special seating accommodations can be made for groups.NEW FALL FESTIVAL: Enjoy the season at the Celebrate Your Culture Harvest Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Packard Park, at West Packard and Fairfield avenues. The event has been organized by the Packard Area Planning Alliance, a group of neighborhoods in that area.
The event will showcase the talent of southside residents with dance and music performances, including belly dancing and Latino dancing and music by Mike Patterson and the group Dave and Trinity.
Admission is free. Food will be available to purchase.
DANCE STORY: Dance artist Rukmini Vijayakumar and a troupe of dance professionals from India use their craft, music and costumes to bring an Indian myth to life at 6 p.m. in Auer Performance Hall at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.
The performers tell the story of Nayani, an Indian tribal girl who was abandoned in the forest, found by a tribal chief and raised as his child, a news release said. She begins to share an ancient Indian myth about Shiva taking the form a powerful archer and destroying a floating kingdom with one arrow.
Free admission. Tickets are available in advance by calling 481-6555.STAGE SHORTS: Enjoy an afternoon of humor as Concordia Lutheran High School's drama department presents “Fall One-Act Plays” at 2 p.m. at the school, 1601 St. Joe River Drive. The three plays' plots range from Adam and Eve's challenges as the world's first couple to a bride who won't leave the hotel bathroom to get married and blind dinner dates that get worse with every meal. Tickets are $4, adults; and $3, ages 12 and under.