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"Marietta" in Machiavelli

“While the volatile political landscape of Renaissance Italy figures largely in the events of the play, the relationship between Machiavelli and Marietta is the work's greatest strength. Wetzel and Vann have a dynamic chemistry that makes their scenes together a joy to watch. Vetere depicts Marietta as her husband's equal when it comes to wit and wordplay, and she can hold her own against the brute force of any of the Medici clan.”

“The relationship between him and his wife Marietta is especially endearing, as they pepper their philosophical and political discussions with domestic squabbles. Liza Vann’s Marietta is one of the highlights of the show, both shrewd and sharp eyed. She is her husband’s equal, working behind the scenes to help him in his endeavors.”

“The dynamic between the brilliant philosopher-poet-essayist-politician and his even more brilliant counterpart is the play’s most enchanting aspect. Marietta Corsini (Liza Vann) is a petite fireball whose whims and wiles keep the Italian court on their toes and the audience in stitches.”

A romp...whimsical...The new play, by Richard Vetere, is simply called ‘Machiavelli’, with the subtitle ‘a comedy’ ...and a good cast delivers on the humor. In fact, Machiavelli was just the prototype of modern power politics. He sought to serve the republic of Florence by any means more nefarious than any competent lobbyist, spin doctor or politician working in Washington today.”

“Richard Vetere's quick witted period piece reimagines Florence as a kingdom of intrigue. The sharp script allows Machiavelli to walk the line...the comedy, then, must come from the actors who play excellently off him. His wife, played by Liza Vann, uses both her sexuality and cunning to aid her husband. The simple set works well and the costumes are excellent, particularly the flowing dresses of the Machiavelli women...”

“If you loved the comic parts of ‘Amadeus’ and ‘The Madness of King George’, you'll enjoy Vetere's historical romp, too. It is snappy, surprising, stimulating, and altogether satisfying. The play zips along thanks to a tight accomplished cast... Machiavelli and his clever wife, Marietta ( Liza Vann ) complete each other's sentences and bicker. If only he were running the company, things would be so much better !... Machiavelli’s warm wit drives away the winter blahs.”