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Giorgio Strehler (1921-1997)

Giorgio Strehler (1921-1997), Italian stage director, noted for his distinctive combination of lyricism with naturalism. Strehler founded the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, Italy, in 1947. He specialized in productions of the work of several playwrights, including 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Goldoni. Strehler`s 1947 production of Goldoni`s "The Servant of Two Masters" was influenced by the improvisational style of commedia dell`arte. He also directed plays of German writer Bertolt Brecht ( "Galileo," 1963) and English playwright William Shakespeare, including "King Lear" (1972) and "The Tempest" (1978).

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