Goldoni originally wrote the play at the request of actor Antonio Sacco , one of the great Truffaldinos in history. His earliest drafts had large sections that were reserved for improvisation, but he revised it in in the version that exists today. The play opens with the introduction of Beatrice, a woman who has traveled to Venice disguised as her dead brother in search of the man who killed him, Florindo, who is also her lover. Her brother forbade her to marry Florindo, and died defending his sister's honor.
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A stage tops the actual stage[i], and a wizened prompter helps performers out when their memory gives. Performers interact in a myriad of languages, understanding each other despite the Babel of their tongues. Jests and continuously recurring physical gestures dominate their play, allowing spectators to keep their grip on it even as the story itself gets more and more convoluted, as was customary for theatre back then.
Press photo from a staging of Arlecchino. Its namesake, however, is bound to stand out. Arlecchino keeps laughing, jesting, and talking to himself, unburdened by the weight of fleeting years. And when the play demands it, he takes down the fourth wall whose borders are marked by a line of candles, located in the proscenium and lit before each act , reaching out to a public which he feels is always close to him.
And he is free from the passing of time. This post was written by the author in their personal capacity. Your email address will not be published. View Newsletter Archives. Press photo from a staging of "Arlecchino. Not by any means. You can trust us on that. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter. You Might Also Like. Leave a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.
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