What Audiences Should Know
Flavio Betrayed - A Commedia
Recommended for ages 15 and up. As a courtesy to our guests, children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.
Approximate Running Time
Act I: 85 minutes.
Intermission: 15 minutes.
Act II: 55 minutes.
There is adult language throughout the show. While this does not include a lot of specific profanities (see the list below), the subject matter and word choices of most of the characters can be seen as hilarious, yet crude.
*ss: spoken 3 times
B*tch/: spoken once
B*stard: spoken once
D*mn: spoken 3 times
H*ll: spoken 3 times
Wh*re: spoken 3 times
The performance style of Commedia dell'arte usually relies heavily on slapstick and physical humor. There is a sword fight during the second act which, although violent, is played for comedic effect and is not dangerous by any means.
This show, dealing with romance and miscommunication, is full of bawdy humor and sexual innuendo. Multiple references are also made to an unplanned pregnancy and prostitution.
Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking
This show contains occasional social drinking, but no smoking or drugs of any kind.
What Families Can Talk About...
Flavio Betrayed provides families with a good opportunity to discuss the style and comedy of Commedia dell'arte, an early form of professional theater originating in Italy, as well as how the use of stock characters and archetypes can still be found in modern forms of entertainment.