The Venetian Twins, produced by Piccolo Theatre uses the Italian Renaissance theatre form of Commedia dell’arte to put on a Roman style comedy. Piccolo Theatre uses the classic troupe of an accidental meeting between long lost twins to express this Roman comedy style. Both twins are played by actor Kurt Proepper; they are polar opposites, one being clever and the other foolish. The twins coincidentally end up meeting in the same town in search for a woman to wed. This occurrence sets the twins up for a journey of misconceptions and confusions. Accompanied by conventional characters including, “pompous patriarchs” and “sassy servants”, the play based on Carlo Goldoni’s 1747 original brings about an interesting story of discovery, action, and undeniable humor. Piccolo Theatre really outdoes itself by incorporating the audience into the show and having cast members shouting obscenities as a component of the Commedia dell’arte approach!
This play will be performed through May 9 with showtimes Friday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are being sold for $27. Come out and see The Venetian Twins and be ready to be amused and introduced to a modernized old style of theater.
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“Time, place, and happiness. A person should be able to figure it out. It’s only three things.” Title and Deed is a one man show featuring Michael Patrick Thornton who plays an inquisitive and humorous traveler. This production is witty yet thought provoking, and as a one man show it is deeply intimate. Thornton’s unnamed character shares insights about life and cracks the occasional joke making this production entertaining and cathartic. Title and Deed will be performed in the Lookingglass Theatre through May 3. Performances will take place Wednesday-Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday-Sunday at 3 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets range from $40-$60.
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Love, hate, and Southern charm wrapped into one fabulous skit?! It’s too good to be true! Join Second City Writing grad, Cora Vasseur as she regales a tale of a Northern woman who falls in love with a tried-and-true Texas lad, despite her deep hatred for Southern culture. Having just moved to the South, Vasseur’s character undergoes an intense identity crisis, new accents, and Southern hospitality at its finest in the original tale How to Field Dress in Lily Pulitzer.
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