Theater: Left-Wing Duck Soup

ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST by Dario Fo

For nearly two decades, Dario Fo has been one of Italy's, and Europe's, best-known satirists and actors. Americans have heard little of him, for good reason. Fo and his wife, the actress Franca Rame, were about to embark on an American tour in 1980, when the U.S. State Department banged the door shut. State invoked the 1952 McCarran-Walter Act in order to protect the country from Fo's leftist opinions.

(The playwright is confusing in his choice of enemies: in 1970 the Italian Communist Party stopped supporting him because he ridiculed it—as he did such other...

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