So this weekend I went to the Arts Emerson's Paramount Theater to take in a production of The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni. It was freakin' awesome. I am, admittedly, wildly biased because this is Commedia del'Arte.
Commedia is an Italian theatrical form. It relies on stock characters, situations, masks, songs and large dollops of improvisation all running at loony-tunes speed. Although I'd need to see a couple of performances to know how improvised the whole thing was, the show was tight and kept moving. It was exactly what I was looking for in a modern performance of Commedia. As I said to my companion, "I love Commedia because this is exactly what it's like inside my head all the time".
Anyway, they've still got a week of performances left and there are probably still tickets. I think it's a great show and well worth checking out.