EMAV Review: Cockroach Theatre's "Anarchist" is brilliant madcap mania ★★★★★

Updated: Mar 8, 2019

★★★★★ - Irresistible

Cockroach Theatre is presenting a new adaptation of “Accidental death of an Anarchist” by Dario Fo. The Italian-born playwright was the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature and was best known for his comedy criticizing everything from government to the Catholic Church. This new adaptation by James Sandlin Ashby is farcical but you won’t find any slamming of doors. This is more in the true spirit of Commedia dell'arte (a popular form of early Italian play) wherein the cast and audience are in on the jokes, and improvisation is welcome.

Deftly directed by Allegra Libonati, the production is full of vivid sparks, colorful fireworks, and madcap mania. It is, in short, a brilliant production.