Dario Fo | Critical Essay by Mimi D'Aponte

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Critical Essay by Mimi D'Aponte

SOURCE: "From Italian Roots to American Relevance: The Remarkable Theatre of Dario Fo," in Modern Drama, Vol. XXXII, No. 4, December, 1989, pp. 532-44.

[In the following essay, Fo is viewed as a successor to earlier twentieth-century "Italian geniuses of the comic spirit" Totò and Eduardo De Filippo.]

Clowns are grotesque blashpemers against all our pieties. That's why we need them. They're our alter egos.

                —Dario Fo, Cambridge, May 1987

Americans writing about theatre have been pronouncing Dario Fo's work extraordinary, whether for performance or political reasons, or for both. "For the past decade," claimed Joel Schechter in 1985, "Dario Fo has been Europe's most popular political...

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