The Globe Theatre, built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, was a three-storey, open-air amphitheatre able to house up to 3,000 spectators. The theatre-goers included the ‘Groundlings’ (the common people who watched the play standing in the pit and paid only 1 penny – in the summer were nicknamed ‘Stinkards’ for obvious reasons),… Read More The Original Globe Theatre Burns Down (29th June 1613)
Harold Chasen is a 20-year-old boy, solitary and friendless by choice, who drives a hearse and is obsessed with death: he ties to attract his mother’s attention staging his own fake suicides. The exasperated woman, a wealthy socialite who is controlling, snobbish and apparently incapable of affection. decides to send him to a psychiatrist and… Read More Harold & Maude: plot
Last Sunday I went to the Theatre (Piccolo Teatro Grassi), in Milan, to see ‘Fine pena: ora’, a play based on the exchange of letters between a lifer, Salvatore, and Elvio Fassone, the judge who condemned him at the end of a maxi trial against the Catania mafia held in Turin in the mid-eighties. The… Read More A play: “Fine pena: ora”
“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on.” ― William Shakespeare, Othello (Act 3, Scene 3) Iago is warning Othello not to be a jealous man because jealousy (the green-eyed monster) will interfere with his mind (his imagination is what feeds it)… Read More Jealousy
Yesterday I went to the theatre (Piccolo Teatro Grassi – Milan) to watch “ Le serve” (“The Maids”) a play by Jean Genet, the renowned French dramatist. The maids are two sisters, Claire and Solange, who live an obsessive relationship of love and hatred with their beautiful mistress (Madame). Every night, when the lady… Read More Le serve
NON TI PAGO I spent my Sunday afternoon at the theatre (Piccolo Teatro Strehler – Milano) to see “Non ti pago” (I won’t pay) , an Italian play written by author Eduardo De Filippo in 1940. The dramatist himself defined it as “a very comic comedy which in my opinion is the most tragic that… Read More Play: I Won’t Pay!
“Louise and Renée” Yesterday I went to Piccolo Teatro Grassi in Milan to see the play “Louise e Renée”. It is a free adaptation from “Memoirs of two young brides” , the only epistolary novel by the French writer Honoré de Balzac, author of “The Human Comedy” The story is about two… Read More A play: “Louise and Renée”
Yesterday I went to the theatre, (Piccolo Teatro di Milano) for an interesting theatrical performance. The play, A Bench on The Road is the result of a research commissioned by the University of Edinburgh, under the Italian-Scottish Research Cluster project, and the patronage of Piccolo Teatro di Milano On the stage there are six… Read More A Bench on the Road