Plays Abroad: Italian Incendiary

A ticket costs 80¢. No critics are invited. The playgoers are peasants and factory workers. The show is called Grande Pantomima con Bandiere e Pupazzi Piccoli e Medi (Grand Pantomime with Banners and Puppets Small and Medium), and it is a phenomenal theatrical event. On its present tour, which began last October, it has played in 138 different towns and villages of northern and central Italy, mostly on one-night stands, to audiences ranging from 500 to 3,000. Everywhere the reception is astonishing. One evening recently, in the tiny village of San Martino...

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