Mistero Buffo, by Italian Nobel Laureate Dario Fo, revives the Medieval Mystery Play, with humorous modern interpretations of stories from the Gospels. But these “mysteries” turn these familiar tales upside down.
The Poets’ Theatre and Suffolk University present a coproduction of Mistero Buffo—directed by prize-winning director Bob Scanlan, with Suffolk student Aria Sergany as assistant director—through March 26 at the University’s Modern Theatre.
The play is a series of vignettes that “flip the script” on conventional morality and sanctimony to reveal the all-too-common hypocrisy of organized religion. The result is sometimes shocking, provocative, and relentlessly hilarious.
“There’s … a strong and surprisingly recognizable undercurrent of what we now call sketch comedy — the sort of thing you’d see on “Saturday Night Live,” YouTube or FunnyOrDie,” according to a review on The Artery.
The cast includes celebrated Boston-area actors Remo Airaldi, Benjamin Evett, and Debra Wise.
“Mistero Buffo” picks up serious momentum when it … lets these fine actors tell some very old stories,” according to a review in the Boston Globe.
The production is part of a festival celebrating the 90th birthday of Dario Fo.