A satisfying revamp that trades swords for nipple twisters
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Director Mackenzie Steele presents Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte classic with a heavy Australian twang. When two identical twins turn up in the same town unbeknownst to one another, whatever can go wrong does go wrong. Mayhem ensues as the effeminate, almost camp villain plots against his ocker love rival from out bush – or is it in fact his sophisticated brother? The carnival style-performance plays up the absurd, with the overzealous slapstick comedy and musical gems like ‘Better Dead than Wed’ leaving the audience in stitches. The commedia traditions are all there, including audience involvement, quick improvisation and colourfully befuddled characters.
Words by Alexandra Middleton | Photos by Bob Seary |