Chicago Shakespeare Theater may be the current best local presenter of international theater. And in a city renowned for its improvisational comedy, what could be a more appropriate import than a classic work of commedia dell’arte? Piccolo Teatro di Milano makes its first appearance here with this effervescent, ingenious production of Carlo Goldoni’s 17th-century farce. Trying to fill his belly, the hapless Arlecchino (aka Harlequin) must work for two demanding masters–a situation that leads to a dizzying array of pratfalls, practical jokes, and romantic misunderstandings. The legendary Ferruccio Soleri plays the title role in this restaging of a version created by late Piccolo founder Giorgio Strehler, who revived the art form after World War II, when it was on the verge of extinction. The show is performed in Italian with projected English supertitles, but you won’t want to take your eyes off astounding septuagenarian Soleri. (Enrico Bonavera takes over for Soleri during the matinees on Wednesday and Sunday.) Opens Tue 11/22, 7:30 PM. Through 11/27: Wed and Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 7:30 PM, and Sun 2 PM, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand, 312-595-5600, $60-$70.