Lavia in Italian and Sicilian for ‘Berretto a rattle’ at Quirino

On stage, as director and leading actor, with the comedy that Luigi Pirandello wrote first in dialect with the title ‘A birritta cu i ciancianeddi’, flanked by Federica Di Martino

“Life is a too crowded threshold of nothingness”: the reason for living and the practical action of the protagonist of the ‘Rattle Cap’the comedy that Luigi Pirandello he first wrote in Sicilian with the title ‘A birritta cu i ciancianeddi’ and what time Gabriele Laviain the dual artistic roles of director and leading actor, flanked by Federica Di Martinorenders in both versions, skillfully mixing and – one could say today – ‘Camillerianamente’, language and dialect in the staging which until November 20 is represented at Rome on the stage of the Quirino theater.

The subtle but insurmountable boundary between being and appearing and the weakest limit between sanity and madness are those on which the characters move in precarious balance, starting with the protagonist of the story, the scribe. Ciampa, well aware of the relationship between his wife and his boss, but accepted on the condition of saving appearances in the presence of citizenship. But the discovery by the wife of the landlord of the betrayal and her desire for revenge that sets off the public scandal complete with red flag arrests, must be somehow ‘remedied’: perhaps, by making the accuser pass for crazy. , in turn, he will be able to enjoy the benefit that society reserves only for insane people, that is, to be able to shout the truth in everyone’s face.

“All the work of Pirandello revolves around ‘nothingness’ crowded with appearances, with shadows that stir in pain and madness – underlines Street in the director’s notes – Only the characters are ‘real’ and ‘alive’, in a world crowded with puppets, puppets, human ghosts “, which the director wanted to also be present on stage, alongside the actors who wander around and on stage between skewed furniture and torn backdrops, as skewed and often torn is also life, with its human events always on the edge between consciousness and madness, reality and appearance, truths that are never absolute but always relative and often superimposable.

(from Enzo Bonaiuto)