Accidental Death Of An Anarchist

Critics

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Reviews: 6

Audience

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Reviews: 0

In this piece of classic international theatre from 1970, Fo writes of a madman, who invades a police station interrogation room where an anarchist accused of bombing a railway station has recently “accidentally” fallen out of a window. Donning various disguises and voices, the madman manipulates policemen into a truth-inducing hysteria. This world-renowned farce is produced in honor of one of The Actors' Gang inspirations and mentors, Dario Fo.

Famed artist Ralph Steadman, known for his iconic images a lifetime of illustration, magazine and other work, including his longtime collaboration with Hunter S. Thompson, has created a logo that helps to bring this production context. Also, a Dario Fo – Ralph Steadman exhibition will be on view throughout the run of Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Reviews

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"The show may, at times, possess a certain amateurish, “fuck the establishment” charm, but it quickly becomes clear that this is all the play has up its sleeve. It serves not so much as a rousing call to action for anarchy, but rather a cautionary tale that a little order goes a long way."

sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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"As good as the Gangs' production is - it begins to lag a bit after the initial shock wears off - but stick with it.  There's a last minute reversal that makes it worth the journey and suggests there's a deep method to all this madness."

sweet - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"This play presents a very leftist political view of the world it is satirizing, including jabs at political figures, law enforcement, as well as the press and pop culture icons. But with so many ideas presented at such a breakneck pace, I found it almost impossible to remember all the relevant societal observations being made and left feeling very confused on what I had just seen."

sweet-sour - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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"This remains by far the most effective and enjoyable production of an arresting (pun intended) and challenging comedy. Final words, not often spoken here: do not miss it. And do not miss the lobby exhibition of Ralph Steadman's cartoonish illustrations of characters in the play and more."

sweet - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


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"The Actors' Gang deserves our gratitude for bravely tackling a play that, despite some arthritis in its joints, hasn't lost its punch."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"In a play that soars or sinks on the strength of the lead, Turton turns in a crackerjack comic performance, while McFadden's direction, relative to the Actors' Gang predilection for broad and boisterous shenanigans, is accomplished with skill and relative restraint. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"The show may, at times, possess a certain amateurish, “fuck the establishment” charm, but it quickly becomes clear that this is all the play has up its sleeve. It serves not so much as a rousing call to action for anarchy, but rather a cautionary tale that a little order goes a long way."

sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar
"As good as the Gangs' production is - it begins to lag a bit after the initial shock wears off - but stick with it.  There's a last minute reversal that makes it worth the journey and suggests there's a deep method to all this madness."

sweet - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"This play presents a very leftist political view of the world it is satirizing, including jabs at political figures, law enforcement, as well as the press and pop culture icons. But with so many ideas presented at such a breakneck pace, I found it almost impossible to remember all the relevant societal observations being made and left feeling very confused on what I had just seen."

sweet-sour - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Avatar
"This remains by far the most effective and enjoyable production of an arresting (pun intended) and challenging comedy. Final words, not often spoken here: do not miss it. And do not miss the lobby exhibition of Ralph Steadman's cartoonish illustrations of characters in the play and more."

sweet - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


Avatar
"The Actors' Gang deserves our gratitude for bravely tackling a play that, despite some arthritis in its joints, hasn't lost its punch."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"In a play that soars or sinks on the strength of the lead, Turton turns in a crackerjack comic performance, while McFadden's direction, relative to the Actors' Gang predilection for broad and boisterous shenanigans, is accomplished with skill and relative restraint. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review