The Italian Lesson

"One-woman show... acted the part well"

Sadler and Mungo both acted effectively to convey the sadness and emptiness stemming from the difficulties of sustaining a relationship in a materialistic world. Sadler’s big moments came in her garden-dream song and when her character recalls the ‘awful’ movie ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ in the ‘What a movie!’ scene. Mungo was best in his prideful ‘There’s a law’ solo arias. Their ensemble singing was outstanding, too... Sadler was a one-woman show to open the double-bill presentation with The Italian Lesson... As in Tahiti, Sadler acted the part well, portraying a woman enjoying life as best she can by valuing mundane tasks and finding strength in daily ritual.
David Hendricks