Five Comedies

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2016 - 376 pages

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.


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The Theatrical Machine of Carlo Goldoni
The New House
The Coffee House
Three Comedies
Off to the Country
Adventures in the Country
Back from the Country

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About the author (2016)

Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) was a leading eighteenth-century Venetian playwright.

Cesare de Michelis is emeritus professor of contemporary Italian literature at the University of Padua, and president of Marsilio Editori.

Michael Hackett is a professor in the Theatre Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Brittany Asaro is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures at the University of San Diego.

Gianluca Rizzo is an assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at Colby College.

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