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Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
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4.0 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Joe R.
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As we are being fleeced $700 billion by bankers, it is nice to have some paradigm challenging theater in town. Dario Fo is great material and the acting was superb. Now if we can only escalate We Won't Pay from the supermarket to the Treasury and...continued

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“The revival by The Nora Theatre Company, a housewarming for The Nora’s new digs at Central Square Theater, is so lively… the bravura turn is by Scott H. Severance, whose lovable meatball of a Giovanni… is anything but a foe of Fo.” —Boston Phoenix
“The production is very entertaining; the clever blending of the larger-than-life theatrics of traditional commedia dell’arte with the familiar structure of American sitcoms is a riot…” —Bay Windows_" _ ":
“Fo’s script, and Daniel Gidron’s perfectly tuned direction, keep the audience laughing until the last moment.” —EDGE Boston


The Nora Theatre Company speaks to the times with Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo’s work of politics and hilarity, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, playing at Central Square Theater.  In the side-splitting satire written in 1974, the housewives have had enough… prices are high and getting higher and it’s time for them to take matters into their own hands, but the challenge is how to keep their husbands from finding out that they’ve stormed the supermarket! 

With stolen olives, bird seed, and pasta, this farcical comedy about a housewives’ revolt against out of control inflation looks at hypocrisy, injustice, and liberation with a healthy dose of hysterics thrown in for good measure.  We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! is translated by Ron Jenkins and directed by The Nora’s Associate Director, Daniel Gidron (IRNE Award nominee – Best Director, Small Theater for The Nora’s production of Buried Child).

Italian born Dario Fo is a playwright, actor, director, theatrical designer, composer, an outspoken theatrical activist, and a skilled satirist, whose works address topics taken from current news.  He has written at least 70 plays, many of which have been translated into more than thirty languages and performed in over fifty countries.  Fo won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1997, after first being nominated in 1975, and is the first writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature who is also an actor, physical comedian and clown.  He has also been awarded an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Ron Jenkins’ translation of _We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! _had its first public reading in Harvard University’s Learning from Performers series in 1998 and premiered on stage at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge in 1999.  Jenkins began his research on Dario Fo in Italy in 1985 with the support of a Sheldon Fellowship from Harvard University, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which enabled him to spend nearly a year translating, directing, and writing about Fo’s works.  He has directed plays by Fo in Israel, Lithuania, and the U.S. and has an extensive history writing and lecturing about Fo.

Daniel Gidron has directed over 15 productions for The Nora, as well as for Lyric Stage Company, Shakespeare & Company (Golda’s Balcony, Elliot Norton and IRNE Award winner for Best Solo Performance), Peterborough Players, Jewish Theatre of New England, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, among many others.  He has also directed at the Habimah National Theatre, Jaifa Municipal Theatre, and the Arab Theatre (a production of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist) in Israel.

The cast of The Nora Theatre Company production of We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! includes Stephanie Clayman as Antonia; Elise Manning (IRNE Award winner – Best Supporting Actress, Drama for Kindertransport, West End Theater) in the role of Margherita; Rob Najarian as Luigi; Antonia Ocampo-Guzman in the roles of Police Sergeant, State Trooper, Gravedigger, and Grandfather; and Scott Severance (The Fool in The Nora’s production of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist, directed by Daniel Gidron) as Giovanni.

Set design is by Brynna Bloomfield; costume design is by Gail Astrid Buckley (Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Costume Design for Curse of the Bambino, Lyric Stage Company; Much Ado About Nothing, Publick Theatre; Twelfth Night, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Shel’s Shorts: Signs of Trouble, Market Theater; IRNE Award – Best Costume Design, Small Theater for The Women and for Caroline or Change, SpeakEasy Stage Company); lighting design is by Scott Pinkney; and sound design is by Dewey Dellay (Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Design, Small/Midsize Company for Miss Witherspoon; 9 Parts of Desire, Lyric Stage Company; The Women, SpeakEasy Stage Company; IRNE Award winner for Five by Tenn, SpeakEasy Stage Company).

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