Life is a comedy!

After having being staged for 2.5 centuries all across the world, Carlo Goldoni's masterpiece Mirandolina (La Iocandiera) still feels incredibly modern.

Mirandolina is an archetype, an universal symbol of femininity while also being a truly modern woman filled with opinion, passions and swagger. Everyone worships her - the beautiful, wise and clever lady of the house. Every visitor to the guest house falls in love with her gracefulness, be them a blueblood or a servant, rich or poor, old or young - everyone. Everyone except one gentleman who hails himself immune against the fake smiles and tricks of the womankind. This becomes the main challenge for Mirandolina - to conquer also the disdainful hearts - and to use all her feminine weapons of attraction, especially the masterful play, to attain her goal.

Mirandolina performs thousand roles, plays with nuances, tones and attitudes. With an unrivalled joy for play she becomes the master and the winner of the game. She is a incomparable prima donna in the guest house that very much resembles the world as a stage. Reality and fiction become entwined also in our own everyday and every actor keeps painting a new mask on their faces. And only the most talented of actors will ever reach the ironic final bow to the sweet-and-sour comedy of life.

Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) was an Italian writer and a theatre reformer. He was the founder of character comedy and wrote more than 200 plays. Mirandolina (La Iocandiera) is the father of modern Italian drama and one of the most important plays written by one of the Enlightenment masters in Europe.

Giorgio Bongiovanni graduated from a theatre school Scuola di Teatro diretta da Giorgio Strehler (Milan). He is an experienced commedia dell'arte actor who has played the role of Pantalone for 24 years in Milano Piccolo Teatro's famous and long-running production Servant of Two Masters which has travelled across the globe.

The spirit of the Italian comedy will be in the air at the Mikkel Museum from 14 March to 12 April 2015. At the Art of Comedy. The Theatre Month's Exhibition on the Commedia dell'Arte, a series of prints conveying Jacques Callot's (1592-1635) commedia dell'arte traditions and the carnival culture of Italy will meet up with finely crafted sculptures created by the modern sculptor Boriss Ivanov (1966).

Mikkel Museum (Weizenbergi 28) Wed 10 am - 8 pm, Thu-Sun 10 am - 5 pm.

Tickets € 3.50 / € 2.50

Premiere: February 2, 2015 at Kumu Auditorium.

Photographer: Siim Vahur 

Author: Carlo Goldoni
Director: Giorgio Bongiovanni (Italy)
Assistant to Director: Auri Jürna
Set Designer: Pille Jänes
Light Designer: Sander Põllu
Technical solutions: Raul Õitspuu
Make up designer: Helga-Aliis Saarlen
Cast: Katariina Unt, Peeter Tammearu ( Kuressaare City Theatre), Tanel Saar, Ago Soots, Margo Teder, Meelis Põdersoo and the students from the Drama School of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Liisa Saaremäel and Lauli Otsar
Photographer: Siim Vahur