Between tears, smiles and songs the new season of the Sala Umberto in Rome

The artistic director Alessandro Longobardi presents the program from 23 September to 19 May

We cry but above all we sing and laugh, in the next season of Umberto Room in Rome whose bill, between tears and smiles, will run from 23 September to 19 May next year, for a total of 15 theatrical performances, presented today by its artistic director Alessandro Lombardi, flanked on stage and by videoconference by the directors and actors who will be featured on the posters. “What is just passing by has been a complicated year for prose, the musical season has gone much better”, reports Longobardi with a precise reference to the successes achieved at the Brancaccio Theatre of which he also has the artistic direction. “This season has perhaps been a little too sophisticated, now we will try to fully recover our tradition”, supported above all by comedies, whether sentimental or brilliant.

The curtain will rise on ‘A day like another’ written and directed by Giacomo Ciarrapico, on the theme of the drop in voter turnout and not surprisingly set in a polling station on the occasion of voting during a summer holiday. Then, a luxury couple arrives, represented by Gianfranco Jannuzzo and Barbara De Rossi, for ‘The father of the bride’, adaptation of the famous film, directed by Gianluca Guidi for the production of Francesco Bellomo. “I will be prey to the so-called empty nest syndrome, bringing the relationship between parents and children to the stage at the time of their separation – says the Sicilian actor – The show can be defined as traditional, with important costumes and scenes and with Barbara who discovers a his comic vein”. And the actress confirms: “We enjoyed acting and we will amuse the audience.”

After the ‘Balcony with three squares’, the protagonist Biagio Izzo for a “comedy of misunderstandings with repeated twists”, and the return of Pepe Barra with his ‘Cantata dei pastori’, he remains on a religious theme with ‘Fra – San Francesco the superstar of the Middle Ages’ by and with John Scifoni 800 years after the invention of the nativity scene; all before the arrival of the Christmas show which will be ‘The Merry Widow’, written, directed and performed by Charles Buccirosso. “The work is still to be completed, because I only write in the summer – reveals the Neapolitan actor – But I already have everything in my head and so far it has always gone well… The widower of the title lost his wife due to Covid , but everything that goes around it makes you happy”, assures Buccirosso.

Following, Joseph Cederna with ‘Storia di un corpo’, a monologue taken from a work by Daniel Pennac and ‘Hotel Paradiso’, a silent show with the Familie Floz. Then, another couple of cry even if unpublished, formed by Marina Confalone and Mariangela D’Abbraccio with ‘Buonanotte mamma’, which takes place in real time and guarantees a surprise ending, for a “vivisection of the characters’ hearts, between provocations and liberating laughter”, explain the two actresses.

We continue with ‘Six characters in search of an author by Luigi Pirandello’, with the name of the Sicilian playwright an integral part of the title, for an operation of double theater within the theater as anticipated by the author, director and co-interpreter Michele Sinisi . This is followed by another female couple formed by Benedicta Boccoli and Lorenza Mario with ‘The precious ridiculous’, a musical show inspired by the work of Moliere but transported in the middle of the Second World War.

The program in the final part of next season proposes ‘Il giuocatore’ by Carlo Goldoni directed by Roberto Valerio; ‘Intramuros’ by the French Alexis Michalik with Carlotta Proietti
and Gianluigi Fogacci set in a prison, where a director goes for a theater course to the inmates; Pier Francesco Pingitore’s ‘I due cialtroni’ with Martufello and Marco Simeoli in the title roles; to close the curtain with a show, ‘Jannacci and surroundings’, dedicated by Max Paiella and Simone Colombari to the late Milanese singer-songwriter, for “a story told and sung”.

(Of Enzo Bonaiuto)