Another cultural first! The world premiere of Mirandolina! Mistess of a Tuscan Inn, a play adapted from a rom-com written in 1753 by Carlo Goldoni. Our next-door neighbor, Timothy Near, adapted and directed the play and her husband, Michael Butler, plays a lead role.
Mirandolina in the red dress and Michae as the Countl
A Review: As one of Carlo Goldoni's feisty femme fatales, the protagonist is an innkeeper who collects the hearts of her guests, as well as their coins. She's all business in Near's fun and refreshing adaptation of the 1753 rom-com, getting its world premiere by Center Repertory Company.
Wooed by a trio of silly suitors, the savvy Mirandolina (Tracy Hazas) dallies with them all. As pragmatic as she is pretty, the innkeeper toys with affections of the penniless fop Marchese (an exquisite Mark Anderson Phillips), the nouveau riche Count (Center Rep artistic director Michael Butler), and faithful footman Fabrizio (Ben Euphrat). The more the men moon over her, the more she prizes her freedom.
Indeed, all the admiration is a bit of a bore, so she challenges herself to win over the misogynistic Cavaliere (a pitch-perfect Gabriel Marin). He makes the fatal error of declaring his invincibility in the face of love, which he equates with walking pneumonia, and she feels honor-bound to take up the challenge.
It’s a total farce with over the top theatrics, but thoroughly enjoyable. Our connection with the Timothy and Michael made it all the more interesting and entertaining. I’m glad it is the newest member of the 65 New things club.
The Count and the Cavaliere dueling for the love of Mirandolina - a highlight of the play.