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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

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A few months after anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli "accidentally" fell from a fourth-story window while being interrogated by the Milan police for a bombing he didn't commit, playwright provocateur Dario Fo wrote and toured this caustic satire of the sordid affair, indicting the police a year before the lead investigator was actually charged with manslaughter in 1971. Director Linda Gillum's high-octane revival boasts a thrillingly ugly set by Keith Pitts and a cast of skilled, committed performers. But they misread Fo's blistering farce as noisy comedy, never achieving the crazed, violent edge--and with it the life-and-death stakes--the play needs. The physical comedy is ample and often amusing, becoming increasingly successful as the evening goes on. But without a whirlwind of stupefying illogic, the show too often feels like the rehashing of a murder investigation that was over decades ago. Through 5/22: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM. Mon 5/16, 7 PM. Next Theatre Company, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes, Evanston, 847-475-1875, ext. 2. $12.50-$31.

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