Arlecchino torn in three
From The servant of two masters
by Carlo Goldoni
Fast, funny, furious Commedia dell’Arte! A trip to Venice with Arlecchino.
Two jobs, two masters and a lot on his plate.
A madcap adventure of romance, revenge and identity theft – the magic of Italy!
With just three actors, this version of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters is a devilishly fast-paced show, filled with twists and turns, misunderstandings, disguises and duplicity that will have you roaring with laughter. Traditional masks of the Commedia Dell’Arte are interwoven with the latest memes and film references to conjure up the eccentric and fading world of Venice.
Performed in Italian and English, Goldoni’s lines alternate with English phrases reminiscent of Shakespeare’s comedies. The script is playfully bilingual and speakers of either language can easily follow the story in this fast and furious comedy.
A lively and engaging show suitable for all ages.
Performed by Betty Andriolo, Vanni Carpenedo and Christian Renzicchi
Directed by Alberta Toninato
Language: Italian and English
Running time: 60 minutes
The show is recommended for adults and children from 6 years
Next shows in Edinburgh
August 2, 4, 19:40 p.m. £5.00 (£4.00) (£14.00F)
August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19:40 p.m. £10.00 (£8.00) (£26.00F)
August 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 17:20 p.m. £10.00 (£8.00) (£26.00F)
Dr Valerie Kaneko-Lucas. Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy. International Federation for Theatre Research. Society for Theatre Research. April 2018
Commedia dell’Arte is a demanding form of masked theatre, requiring excellent physicality, comic timing and storytelling skills to captivate its audience. Bottegavaga’s reinterpretation of Goldoni’s masterpiece happily fulfils them all. Amazingly, it’s performed by 3 versatile actors play all the roles with gusto and humour. Adapt in both Italian and English, this trio shift seamlessly between star-crossed lovers, pompous doctors, and money-hungry old men. Vanni Carpenedo is a delight as Arlecchino, the servant with two masters, two jobs and too much to handle. Carpenedo is a natural clown, moving with elfin grace between his two masters. Betty Andriolo plays the love-lorn Beatrice, come in disguise to Venice in search her love as well as a pedantic professor. Christian Renzicchi is a masterful presence as Pantalone and also as the self-regarding lover Florindo. It’s a joyful and enjoyable show – and wonderful to see in Venice, the city where Commedia dell’Arte is still a living and lively art form.
Elena Lynch. English teacher. May 2018
I saw the play Arlecchino si fa in tre. Arlecchino is torn in three in May at Teatro dell’Avogaria in Venice. Unlike other performances and adaptations of the same play, this one presents only three actors on stage, with a very simple set that grants it the possibility of being performed in a variety of locations. The actors manage to change roles and costumes on stage making the audience feel even more involved as everything is happening before their very eyes. All three actors are very natural and engaging making the play really interesting to watch. The role of Arlecchino demands the sort of dextrous clowning that borders on acrobatics and Vanni Carpenedo is exceptional in this regard, executing tricky routines with (hopefully!) injury-avoiding precision.
Ultimately this show’s innovation is the use of both Italian and English in a very hilarious way but at the same time making sure the audience is never cut off from the plot. I had actually brought along with me an English-only-speaking person who managed to follow and grasp all of the nuances of the plot having as good a time as me during the performance.
It is a highly amusing production that could also hold considerable appeal for older children and could moreover trigger the audience’s interest towards the great Carlo Goldoni.
Well done to all four members of the production, who really granted me with one extremely amusing and entertaining hour.
Stefano Poli. Theatre a l’Avogaria (Venice) Director. November 2018
I decided to host Bottegavaga’s Arlecchino is Torn in Three, because it is a highly innovative, powerful and entertaining show. Not only is it a valuable production for my theatre, L’Avogaria (specialised in Commedia dell’Arte), but also for Venice itself, since it sits within the Commedia dell’Arte tradition but also renews it.
Lucia Piazza. Teacher. November 2018
Arlecchino is torn in three works like an injection of pure energy, sincere joy and great art! The company is first-rate!
Marcella Bartuli Bishop. Teacher. December 2018
Arlecchino is torn in three is a colourful, imaginative, ingenious and entertaining piece of theatre. It cleverly combines the traditional elements of Commedia dell’Arte with a touch of modern humour. Arlecchino’s performance is remarkable for its physicality, expressivity and ability to communicate not just in the two languages but beyond language through gestures, noises and hilarious acrobatics. The whole cast acts and interacts with great energy and the bilingual jokes bounce around the stage.