Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its dazzling 49th season

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show review – Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its dazzling 49th season with this production of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Director Paul Mullins leads a gifted cast in recreating this farcical tale of mistaken identity, politics, and scandal.

The play begins with the interrogation of the Maniac on the first floor police station. He constantly outwits the slow on the uptake Inspector Bertozzo, played by Philip Goodwin. When Bertozzo leaves the room, the Maniac intercepts a phone call from the fourth floor that informs him a judge is due to appear to investigate the interrogation and subsequent death of the anarchist. In order to amuse himself, the Maniac decides to pose as the judge. Kevin Isola is superb in his portrayal of the maniac, proving himself to be a master of physical comedy. The Maniac is successful in his deception, drawing the rest of the cast into the plot. He manages to win them over while slyly making fun of them all the while. The other Inspector (Andrew Weems), the Superintendent (Edmond Genest), the Constable (Jeffrey M. Bender), and the reporter Maria Feletti (Kristie Dale Sanders) all fall for his act, and function as a truly great slapstick ensemble.

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The stage design very accurately depicted a police station circa 1970 and the costuming was very appropriate to that era. There was a very inventive scene change in which the setting changed from the first to the fourth floor, and the view outside the window changed. In addition, the sound of typing and the bustle of secretaries during the shift provided an instantly recognizable office atmosphere, reminiscent of Mad Men. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey turned in very impressive work with their latest, giving us as viewers a sidesplitting good time.

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show review – Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its dazzling 49th season with this production of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Director Paul Mullins leads a gifted cast in recreating this farcical tale of mistaken identity, politics, and scandal.