Pierfrancesco Pisani and Isabella Borettini for Infinito Teatro
in collaboration with Argot Produzioni present
Open Couple Almost Wide Open
by Dario Fo and Franca Rame
with Chiara Francini and Alessandro Federico
director Alessandro Tedeschi
collaborators Pierluigi Pasino and Massimiliano Setti
“First rule: in order for an open couple to work, it must be open on one side only, the male’s side! Because… if the open couple is open on both sides… there are drafts!”
As ironic as it needs to be and sensual when it wants to be, Chiara Francini is an eclectic artist, a volcano of charisma and vitality, with important roles on the small and big screen, hosting alongside TV pillars like Pippo Baudo, and a literary debut with 45,000 copies sold and 8 reprints. Here she puts herself to the test with an important text that celebrates the role of women within a couple. The energetic Antonia embodies the perfect heroine of all betrayed wives and ironically tells their “survival” within the walls of their homes. In order to continue being close to her husband, the protagonist decides to accept the unthinkable. Thus, through brilliant dialogues and monologues, the most absurd episodes unfold. It is only when a new, young and intelligent man threatens Antonia’s heart that her husband seems to notice her existence, her womanhood, and her desperate need to be loved and respected.
This comedy is a tragicomic fable that tells what it means to be in a couple. Fo and Rame describe, in a perfect way, with both funny and dramatic tones, the differences between male and female psychology.
Indeed, everyone can relate to it. “Open Couple… Semi-Open” brings to the stage the relative intolerance to the concept of monogamy. It is one of the most popular shows in Italy. In Germany, it has been so successful that it is being performed in 30 theaters simultaneously.
The direction is by Alessandro Tedeschi, already an extraordinary performer of Carrozzeria Orfeo.
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