Published in: SA Life Magazine, 30 Jun, 2011
Words: Arts Editor Lanc Campbell
Photograph: Peter Hoare
Charlie Sheen is straight out of Commedia dell'Arte.
With his bravado providing colourful but thin protection for his shortcomings, Charlie is a classic il capitano, a stock character from the oldest form of western theatre, older than William Shakespeare.
Commedia dell'Arte is righ in such characters – lovers, servants, masters and bossy senoras portrayed through physical; comedy and improvisation.