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Plays 1: Mistero Buffo / Accidental Death of an Anarchist / Trumpets and Raspberries / The Virtuous Burglar / One Was Nude and One Wore Tails

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Mistero Buffo, or The Comic Mysteries, is based on research into mediaeval mystery plays; The Accidental Death of an Anarchist concerns the "accidental" (or not) death of an anarchist railwork who "fell" (or was pushed) to his death from a police headquarters window in 1969; Trumpets and Raspberries is "A deeply subversive farce" (The Guardian) in which the boss of Italy's

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by A&C Black (first published November 3rd 1992)
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Phillip
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Fo is a comic genius. Comedy is a really difficult form, I think, because it requires a complex balance between utilizing the recognizable and the well-worn gags that have been comedy's stock-and-trade since ancient times, but it requires putting them together in a new, interesting, and innovative way to say something with the comic form. This is why so many 'comedy' movies produced by Hollywood are terrible. Yes, they may make us laugh, but they rarely if ever make us think, which is what good ...more
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PLAYS I. (var.) Dario Fo. ****.
Dario Fo is the Italian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. He is known for his work in drama, and has had performances of his plays all over the world. Many of his compositions were done in cooperation with his wife, Franca Rame. This volume contains the following:
MISTERO BUFFO.
This work is a combination of lectures, slide shows, and short pieces all related to the mysteries of Christianity. They are not irreverent, but take a view as if from by
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Scott Cox
Why would I like these plays? That is a question I keep asking myself given I am not normally attracted to Italian socialist (communist), cynical playwrights. However Dario Fo's plays, albeit with excellent cynical humor, depict the decrepit hypocrisy that surrounds much of organized religion and society. My favorite play is “Mistero Buffo.” The Buffo is somewhat like the town clown, or perhaps more accurately, the ancient court jester who allows us to laugh at ourselves and the predicament in w ...more
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Dec 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is the power of theater: making deeply passionate political statements so damn funny that ever the dissenters need to laugh. Fo turns socio-polical/religious themes and presents them in the classical form of farce to make the absurdity of contemporary hubris pop even more.
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Dario Fo was an Italian satirist, playwright, theatre director, actor, and composer. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. In 2007 he was ranked Joint Seventh with Stephen Hawking in The Telegraph's list of 100 greatest living geniuses. His dramatic work employed comedic methods of the ancient Italian commedia dell'arte, a theatrical style popular with the proletarian classes. He own ...more
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