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Carlo Goldoni

The Lovers

Original title: Gl’innamorati

First Slovene production


Paolo Magelli

Opening night

17 September 2016
Main Stage


110 minutes


Creative team


Jaka Fišer, Srečko Fišer

Drama Igralec: Jaka Fišer, Srečko Fišer | odpri ustvarjalca


Željka Udovičić Pleština

Drama Igralec: Željka Udovičić Pleština | odpri ustvarjalca


Sven Jonke

Drama Igralec: Sven Jonke | odpri ustvarjalca


Leo Kulaš

Drama Igralec: Leo Kulaš | odpri ustvarjalca


Arturo Annecchino

Drama Igralec: Arturo Annecchino | odpri ustvarjalca


Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca


Andrej Hajdinjak

Drama Igralec: Andrej Hajdinjak | odpri ustvarjalca


Tatjana Peršuh

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Peršuh | odpri ustvarjalca


Sara Slivnik

Drama Igralec: Sara Slivnik | odpri ustvarjalca


Janez ŠkofDrama Igralec: Janez Škof | odpri igralca

Fabrizio, old bourgeois

Maša DergancDrama Igralec: Maša Derganc | odpri igralca

Eugenia, Fabrizio's niece

Nina IvanišinDrama Igralec: Nina Ivanišin | odpri igralca

Flaminia, Fabrizio's niece, widow

Gregor BakovićDrama Igralec: Gregor Baković | odpri igralca

Fulgentius, bourgeois, in love with Eugenia

Veronika DrolcDrama Igralec: Veronika Drolc | odpri igralca

Clorinda, Fulgentius' sister-in-law

Saša TabakovićDrama Igralec: Saša Tabaković | odpri igralca

Roberto, count

Alojz Svete/Jernej Šugman

Ridólfo, Fabrizio's friend

Nina ValičDrama Igralec: Nina Valič | odpri igralca/Maja SeverDrama Igralec: Maja Sever | odpri igralca

Lisetta, servant

Matjaž Tribušon

Succianespole, old Fabrizio's servant

Valter DraganDrama Igralec: Valter Dragan | odpri igralca

Tognino, Fulgentius' servant

Many plays by the famous Italian comedy playwright Carlo Goldoni have kept their lasting appeal and still appear remarkably contemporary and refreshing. His comedy The Lovers (1759) is much more than an entertaining adventure of a young couple, troubled by amorous hypersensitivity and fear of being ridiculed, which constantly obstructs their journey to a blissful union. It is a proper vivisection of highly neurotic interpersonal relationships, afflicted by indispensable, as well as dispensable, concerns. The young lovers’ relatives and friends, who are deeply troubled too, are entrusted to play the roles of psychotherapists attempting (in vain) to help the lovers open their eyes.
However, whims of character and a depiction of love, which is often manifested as its very opposite, as cruel toying with vulnerable emotions, is not the only theme of The Lovers. In his unobtrusive and subtle way, Goldoni presents middle-class characters who are desperately struggling to maintain their aspired lifestyle. They are obliged to give up their family silverware in order to get a better-quality meal. It is not surprising that keeping up appearances deprives them of their peace of mind and pushes them into a variety of neuroses. Admittedly, The Lovers is resolved by a happy ending in line with comedy conventions: a wedding does take place. Still, a contemporary reading of this clever comedy does leave us with a bitter aftertaste. The fictional world of The Lovers is uncannily similar to ours. Pushed to the edge of uncertainty we are prone to put on sell our inheritance from more prosperous times, and continue to live in fear of not being able to cope with what the future will inexorably bring us.
The staging of Goldoni’s The Lovers marks the celebrated Italian-Croatian director Paolo Magelli’s comeback in Drama after a twenty-year gap. Magelli is famous for enacting true theatre magic as well as for his indispensable socio-critical reflection.



Maša DergancStane Sever Fund Award Škofja Loka