A PERFORMANCE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU WONDERING IF IT’S OKAY TO BELIEVE
Sometimes you get surprised by what you see and sometimes you get shocked by learning what you believed you saw wasn’t exactly why you thought it would be. These are the times when doing your homework is crucial, as was the case after viewing Mistero Buffo.
This play held our attention throughout the one man show that lasted around an hour, but it left us wondering if we were being taunted. Sorry, we digressed, so let us explain and provide some insight regarding this play.
Mistero Buffo is a series of brief monologues with biblical themes, drawn from the biblical Apocrypha and popular tales of the life of Christ. This one-hour political exploration from the popular 1969 play uses several biblical scenes that scoff at religious beliefs. Panos, who plays a modern clown that, amuses the crowd by performing multiple characters of a political exploration of the Last Supper of Christ.
His performance was adequate however we found ourselves more intrigued by the direction of the play than the actor. It was interesting to see a play that seeks to belittle religion with jokes and downplay. It’s useful in society, however; we must admit that religion has been used by mankind to control more than provide compassion.
With that said, for us as a people that have lived with a religious background for more than four decades of our lives were delighted by the performance but disheartened by the prickle monologues that seem to assault those that believe.
Mistero Buffo is a play that we suggest when it hit the stage again you view with caution and have an open mind while viewing this one man performance.
The Cast Included:
Panos Vlahos (Master of Ceremonies)
Dario Fo’s MISTERO BUFFO
Director and Choreographed by Artistic Director Lyto Triantafyllidou
Chicago Fringe Festival
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