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The Tricks of the Trade

The Tricks of the Trade
Dario Fo
New York: Routledge, 1991
PN2037 .F613 1991

Throughout the past decade, Dario Fo, Italy's best known and most provocative satirical playwright, and his wife Franca Rame, the celebrated actress and feminist, conducted a series of performance-seminars around the world on the subject of acting. In places as diverse as London's Riverside Studios, Rome's Teatro Argentina and Perugia's Free University of Alcatraz, Fo and Rame have revealed to rapt audiences the many faces of the actor's art - his and her ′Tricks of the Trade′.

Tracing the life of the comic performer back to the itinerant jongleur and the skilful improvisations of later commedia dell' arte troupes, Fo's genius as both a player and a synthesizer of the historical past allows him to resurrect before our eyes and ears a shadow performer upon whom all actors unwittingly base their work. Using mime, masks, pieces of text, dance, action and snatches from songs, Fo and Franca Rame consolidate many months of their lecture demonstrations into a ′Six Day′ workshop that is also a Fo-on-Fo one-man show.

First published in 1990, The Tricks of the Trade won instant critical acclaim.

Quoted from dust jacket.