the Age of Enlightment the goal philosophers was to free people from
the magic world. Gozzi’s theatre does the opposite. The Middle
class comedy seeks naturalism, credibility, imitation of reality as
characters and situations are concerned. Gozzi suggests a fantastic
theatre filled with wonder and unlikeness whose goal is, in first instance,
the audience’s pleasure , not their moral education.
The audience was very pleased by this new childish magic, and, I admit it, I did laugh at myself, feeling my soul forced to enjoy those images that set me back at my childhood.
Love of the Three Oranges
Paolo Emilio Landi
Set and Costumes