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in media res
I saw this production below in NYC years back.
I knew a few very talented people involved in the show.
It was not good. Not because of Dario Fo.
It was a lot of marvelously talented people on the stage being misused by missing the “tone” of the Production.
Americans are not used to any kind of Satire or irony. And I read once something like only 5 per-cent of the population understand irony. (It is sooooo wonderful to run into people who do!)
(Interesting ironic story below about the Actor Marc Blanco in this article.)
And finally: an Interesting story about the real-life effectiveness of Satire from a Production.
Americans usually don't get Joe Orton. And American directors and actors usually "punch up" their comedy to being circus/clown or go so broad over-the-top stylization it is unbelievable. Audiences think Saturday Night Live is Farce or Satire. It is not. Those are comedic skits. Skits are meant to be short and to end...quickly. Neither dramatic arc nor plot are necessary in a skit.
Even great comedians like Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, whose TV series "The Honeymooners" as brilliant as it was, was not Farce. Though it was based on great Irish characters most notably from "Juno and the Paycock" by Sean O'Casey. (Both of those men were also brilliant actors. Check out Gleason in "The Hustler" with Paul Newman. And Carney won an Academy Award for “Best Actor” working with…of all things… a CAT...in “Harry and Tonto.”
As you know, I am a great fan of your own work. Keep working.