Part of Irondale's "On Women" festival, "The Franca Rame Project" explores the texts of Italian playwrights, actors and activists Franca Rame and Dario Fo at the height of the second feminist wave in the 1970’s. More…
While the work is a satirical depiction of past and present conditions of women, the texts frontally address pressing women issues of sex, politics, motherhood, prostitution, abortion, abuse, rape, and dependence, both financially and psychologically. Originally written in Italian, Rame and Fo’s texts will be reimagined by five female and non-binary people in English, with selected passages in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese to showcase the depth and breadth of impact across cultures.
See it if you'd like to see a sharp young ensemble try its hand at playing last generation's farce--& packing a punch as forceful as today.
Don't see it if you have no taste for broad, body-based comedy.
See it if you enjoy intimate theater by a good group woking with an old play that feels very fresh and current. Staging & lighting in non-stop action.
Don't see it if you want a traditional play. There is a lot of action here, some portraying violence, sex, abuse but none of it harmful or exposing to watch
See it if for the extraordinary exploration of women's issues that remain unchanged after 50 years - uses humor & shock to focus your attention.
Don't see it if you have trigger issues with rape, abuse or simulated explicit sex acts on stage.
See it if You want to see good acting about sexual abuse of women that has some singing and funny aspects.
Don't see it if You are disturbed about rape, and sexual abuse of women.
See it if you want to see monologues written for and about women, done in an inventive ensemble way with really good actresses
Don't see it if you know the original performances by Rame and cannot get over exaggerated, over-the-top acting (Franca Rame wouldn't have)
See it if You enjoy Dadaist humor, from a feminist perspective, and are familiar with Dario Fo and Franca Rame, and don't mind explicit sex
Don't see it if You cannot deal with dark descriptions of rape and explicit sex in the other two skits
See it if to get to know Franca Rame and this company, which was brilliant!
Don't see it if you are not interested in anything remotely satirical or feminist