Accidental Death of an Anarchist | Oracle Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Inspired by the death of Italian activist Giuseppe Pinelli while in police custody, Dario Fo's 1970 commedia-tinged farce should be a hysterical horror. It's set in a Milan police station where we meet the wily Maniac, who's been pulled in for questioning about his impersonations of important figures. When the Maniac learns that he's in the very room from which an anarchist bombing suspect fell four floors to his death, he poses as a judge charged with investigating the death and ends up exposing appalling police corruption. Director Brad Fuchsen stages the play as an expressionist nightmare--an approach that might give it a fitting gravitas. But his stylistic overhaul results in the loss of nearly all internal logic. This Oracle Productions show generates more confusion than outrage. --Justin Hayford



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