Intrigued by its modernity and sophisticated dramaturgy, Gabriele Lavia directs and performs this little-known text by Carlo Goldoni. The play, written in 1760, describes several star-crossed entanglements and misunderstandings. Most importantly, it touches on one of the fundamental features of Goldoni’s art: the relationship between truth and verisimilitude. In this cruel and exhilarating tale, a father and daughter treat people like puppets: in their hands, love, care, friendship and generosity become tools to insult, mock and hurt each other. Lies, manipulation and distorted information are the warped mirror of human vices. Federica Di Martino and a cast of six other actors are onstage with Lavia.

by Carlo Goldoni
direction Gabriele Lavia
Teatro di Roma, Compagnia Lavia