Time: March 7th-- March 9th
Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts
Contact: China Ticket Online 6417-7845;
Ever staged by Beijing People's Art Theatre, China National Experimental Theatre, Beijing Film Academy and Central Academy of Drama, Carlo Goldoni's classical comedy The Servant of Two Masters is very popular among Chinese audience. The renowned Italian European Milan Theatre will present this original Italian play at the 8th CSIAF.
With three weddings, two duels, a dance number, a chase sequence, a love scene, a food fight, and much more, Carlo Goldoni’s 18th-century comedy about a wily servant who gets the best of his masters is one of the classic works of commedia dell’arte and the most renowned masterpiece of Italian theater. The plot is simple, and hilarious: the hapless and blundering Arlecchino is a natural, witty, and thoughtless character. His sly tricks and disguises set off a chain reaction of mistaken identities, betrayals, long-lost lovers, and, of course, a happy ending, with three couples of lovers finally getting married and living happily ever after. The late Giorgio Strehler, one of the seminal theater and opera directors of the 20th century, directed this universally-acclaimed production, considered the most important interpretation of commedia dell'arte in the 20th century. The production features the definitive commedia dell'arte actor Ferruccio Soleri, who virtually inhabits the role as he outwits the pompous, teases the fickle, and charms the childlike, reminding us all to take time to laugh. He has performed the role over 2,000 times since 1953.