Geppy Gleijeses directs two grand dames of Italian theatre, Anna Maria Guarnieri and Rosalina Neri. The title is known by all, above all thanks to the film by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant, which in turn was an adaptation of a great Broadway success by Joseph Kesselring. The New York Times claimed the comedy was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it”. The story is centred on Mortimer Brewster, a severe theatrical critic, who has to deal with his family of crazed assassins: two adorable old spinster aunts who kill their tenants with elderflower wine laced with arsenic, an elderly uncle, convinced he is Theodore Roosevelt, who is trying to dig the Panama Canal in the basement, (where the victims of the sisters are buried), and a serial killer for a brother, who is also lugging around a corpse to hide in the basement... The play is loosely based on the staging directed by Mario Monicelli, for whom 2020 marked the tenth anniversary of his death.
The performance is dedicated to Mario Monicelli and is freely inspired on his first theatrical work as a director. a GITIESSE Artisti Riuniti production
Union des Théâtres de l'Europe gathered, in the last 3 decades, some of the most important European theatres and artists. Through festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, masterclasses, cooperation projects, the UTE help create a continuous flow between West and East, between generations, between tradition and innovation. Our celebration is inspired by this rich history. With the help of the Interferences International Theatre Festival, we wish to remember some of the best performances presented at past editions of the UTE festival and look forward to new horizons.