Citizens‘ Theatre, Glasgow Along dumb show presented behind a gauze curtain introduces us to Goldoni‘s characters as it they might be ghosts. Romantic music sentimentalisesthe vision.

There is probably much about this eighteenth century Italian comedy set in Hamburg thatwill always remain mysterious. What on the surface is a recognisable comedy of confused love is also a sophisticted examination of contemporary eighteenth century attitudes to love. trienship and money. Florindo. a wealthy eldest son trom Venice and best lriend ot Sebastian falls in love with Sebastian‘stiancee while visiting him in Hamburg and she. Stella, loves him. An impossible tour cornered passion deve|0ps with Sebastian‘s sister declaring her love for Florindo. The tate ot the couples is bound up with Stella‘s tather- a


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undistorted Goldoni.(Nigel Bitten)

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grotesque miserplayed by Giles Havergal.

The situationsdevelopthroughwetl crafted coincidences and misunderstandingsthatare well handled by the cast. Jonathan Phillips' tortured Florindo contains some excellent comic acting. Equally. the miserand his comictoilthe servant Trivellino(Rupert Farley) produce some memorablytunny scenes. However. ultimately a sense of melancholy is as strong as a sense of comedy. It director and translator Robert David MacDonald canthrow littlelightonthe nature otthetorces thatGoIdoni satirise3~the relationship between Florindo and ‘Sebastian' is portrayed at times as pastiche Brideshead Revisited—he compensates bybringingto the stage emotionsthatteel as itthey could be

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EatyourheartoutEmu. street entertainers TheVicious Boys (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh. 26 Feb) have gotunsolicited aggression down toahnean.

Andy Smart and Angelo Abela have come a long waysincetheytirstbegan hitting passers—bywithplastic hammers. Geographicallythatis. in spirit. they are as brash as ever and intenton making audience humiliation a bigpart ottheiract—whetherit‘s New YorkorNewark.

Members otthe public may. for example, be torced to join the comic duoin impersonating big moviestthe

titles not the stars). Much otthe action is in slow motion. which makes screen kisses(usually behind ascreen) excruciating andChariots otFire even more at a plod than usual.

Winners ota national busking competition and acclaimed on programmes such as Saturday Superstore. The Tube and Game ForA Laugh. the Boysthreatenedto subvert the message ot British Film Year when they appeared atits roadshowin ‘85. Nowthey're outtoturnthe world upside down—includingthe Assembly Rooms, as its mini-festival otcabaret continues. (Stephanie Bitten)

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