Commedia dell’arte maestro Antonio Fava will present a two-day workshop and a brand-new one-man show in Chicago in February. The visit will be hosted by Laughing Stock Theatre, a newly formed “Chicago-style” commedia dell’arte company fresh off a summer studying in Italy with Fava.
The legendary teacher, actor, director and mask-maker will perform “Nasi, Mustacchi, e Lazzi” at 7:30 on Feb. 12 at Crowd Theater, 3935 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago. The show will feature Fava as Totonno il Calabrese, a 17th-century actor in a commedia dell’arte troupe who showcases the masks, characters, and history of his particular style, then presents a comedy of his own. To purchase tickets, click here.
On Feb. 15 and 16, Fava will present a 12-hour master class split into two days in association with Laughing Stock and Links Hall. Spots in the workshop cost $300 and will include two meals. Student discounts are available. To sign up, click here.
Fava teaches students from all over the world in his annual Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He founded Teatro del Vicolo in Reggio Emilia in 1982, and has been performing and teaching around the world for decades,