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Mistero Buffo at Modern Theatre, March 18-26

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When: March 18-26, 2016 Where: Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre – 525 Washington St, Boston, MA The Poets’ Theatre is proud to announce its upcoming production of Nobel Laureate Dario’s Fo comic masterpiece “Mistero Buffo” at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre from March 18th to 26th, 2016, as part of a festival celebrating Fo’s 90th birthday. The production features acclaimed actors Remo Airaldi, Benjamin Evett, and Debra Wise, and is directed by Bob Scanlan. The new American translation is by Bob Scanlan and Walter Valeri. Dario Fo has often been called the greatest single comic in the world, with discerning critics granting ...

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The theatrical life of Chiara Durazzini

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As Colombina, the servant of the rich and stingy Venetian merchant Pantalone, Chiara Durazzini is extremely convincing as she delivers on stage the blend of grace and cunning embodied by the most famous female figure of Commedia dell’Arte — the theatrical representation of human mores, vices and virtues invented in Italy in the 1500s. Yet all it takes for her to turn into a — just as convincing — bold and flamboyant Spanish Captain without even needing to get behind the scenes. (Nothing sexual about it, of course, at least in this case – even though double entendre and play ...

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Edinburgh Gadda Prize at Harvard University, with Fabrizio Gifuni

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The series of events have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the De Bosis Foundation and Tony Crolla, Vittoria Group Edinburgh, and through synergies with the Italian Consulate General Boston, the Harvard Italian Colloquium and Chiasmi 2015. This year’s event marks the Fifth Edition of the Edinburgh Gadda Prize, guided by Honorary President Fabrizio Gifuni. Harvard 2015 | Award Ceremony When: Saturday 25 April, 6.00-8.00pm Where: Thompson Room, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy St – Cambridge MA 02138 Italian Consul General Nicola Desantis joins Prize Honorary President Fabrizio Gifuni, RLL Chair Virginie Greene, De Bosis Committee ...

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Milan’s marionette theater comes to Boston

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Marionette theater has thrived in and around the capital of Lombardy for nearly 200 years, in no small part due to the renowned company Carlo Colla & Figli. Now, audiences in Boston will be able to experience this great Italian tradition when the company brings “Sleeping Beauty” to the Paramount Center from Nov. 13 to 17 as part of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. Led by Eugenio Monti Colla — the latest in a long line of Collas to work in marionette theater — the production filters the fairytale through the Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, which was ...

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Mario Pirovano Brings Francis, Dario Fo to Boston Area

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Mario Pirovano runs on an inexhaustable fuel called theater. During a recent tour stop in Boston, the 62-year-old Italian actor was busy setting the stage lights at the Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge. “How is that? Can you see my eyes? Too much shadow?” With a slight British accent, Pirovano ran around the stage, already practicing the evening’s show: The first-ever U.S. performance of Dario Fo’s “Francis the Holy Jester.” “The expression, it’s important, it’s all in the facial expression.” Pirovano grimaces, smiles, frowns and laughs — all in just a few seconds. They are all faces and masks he ...

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Writer Dacia Maraini at Dante Alighieri in Cambridge

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Dacia Maraini, one of Italy’s most renowned writers, presented the theatrical version of her work “Lettere d’amore” at the Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge on March 4, 2011.

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