Dario Fo's Life + Effect on Modern Teatre

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Dario Fo Dario Fo was born on March 24, and during his lifetime was said to be one of the world’s great modern actors, a world renowned mime artist, and an excellent improviser, who regularly used to perform improvised topical skits about political event. As well as this, Fo is seen as the quintessential twentieth century commedia dell’arte creator and performer. However, contrary to commedia’s satirical viewpoints on society itself, his works are a satire of politics and institutions. As a young boy, Dario studied and imitated the gestures and actions of the local storytellers (who were referred to as the fabulatori). He was soon able to tell their tales as well as they could, and was considered by the locals as an expert on the…show more content…
Even his own lawyer referred to him as a politician because of the influence he had over his audiences. Fo was also accused of dividing the working class people with his theatrical criticisms. Michele Straniero accused Fo of “falsifying historical facts and simplifying the popular elements of his material.”2 It would seem that those who are most critiqued in their time are those whose methods have a heavy influence over modern drama. The political message portrayed in most of Dario Fo’s performances was: beware of institutional power, and this became the comical backbone of several of his plays. In his most well known production, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, Fo addressed the issue of the rising prices for food at the time. This is said to be his most entertaining work, so, while also addressing a fierce political situation, Fo also sustains the comedy in his piece. Like most of his plays, it was written in response to a specific political need. Most theatre today addresses issues that affect a wide range of people. While it is still mainly a form of entertainment, the audience is now left pondering the messages behind the text. This is a continuation of Fo’s ideas. Although Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! Is Fo’s most recognised play, it is his piece L’operaio that expresses the basis of Fo’s aims in reviving popular theatre, saying: “The worker is knowledgeable because he’s the vanguard of the

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