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Five Comedies

Five Comedies

Edited by Gianluca Rizzo and Michael Hackett, with Brittany Asaro
Introduction by Michael Hackett, with an essay by Cesare de Michelis
Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
432 Pages 20 Images

One of the first and most important Italian playwrights to move away from the commedia dell’arte tradition of improvisation, Carlo Goldoni (1707–1793) wrote more naturalistic “comedies of character” that featured the dialect and situations of everyday life in Venice.

Five Comedies collects a selection of Goldoni’s finest plays, annotated and translated into English: The New House, The Coffee House, and “The Holiday Trilogy” (Off to the Country, Adventures in the Country, and Back from the Country). Editor Michael Hackett provides an introduction to Goldoni and his performance tradition for directors, actors, and designers, revealing the masterful construction of Goldoni’s plays, while an afterword by Cesare de Michelis carefully reconstructs the playwright’s life and times.

Reviews

"Goldoni is a major figure in European theatre, a prolific and influential eighteenth-century Italian playwright whose work is largely and unreasonably neglected. With a practitioner's eye and ear, Hackett's introduction unveils the craft of this prolific playwright, as well as his art."

J. Michael Walton, Emeritus Professor of Drama, University of Hull

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