Cabaret s’il vous plait!


Coordinated by Laura Caparrotti

A journey in the Italian cabaret from the 50’s to the present. Comic sketches and characters created for television and broadcasting shows by the most famous authors and comedians of the time.

These sketches were born to be acted or singing by very important actors as Ugo Tognazzi and Raimondo Vianello, Walter Chiari, Dario Fo, Gino Bramieri, Nino Manfredi, Franca Valeri and others.  In Italy the cabaret was born in the 50’s, both at the radio, like one acts or characters, and in theater with the Rivista Da Camera, show made in a small stage, presenting various sketches very comic and very actual. I Gobbi (Alberto Bonucci, Franca Valeri, Vittorio Caprioli) were the first famous group that performed there. After them, Il Dito nell’Occhio with Dario Fo, Giustino Durano, Franco Parenti and Controcorrente with Walter Chiari. In the 60’s many others stages of cabaret were opened: La Borsa d’Arlecchino in Genoa, Il Derby in Milan were the most famous. From there, the cabaret arrived in television, loosing the traditional satiric strength: but the cabaret is and will be always one of the most genuine faces of the society.

IN ITALIAN – For High Schools and Universities. And general Audience.

Running time: 1 hour.

Technical supplies: 3 Chairs – 1 Audio resource as Tape or
CD Player (Optional)

Cabaret s’il vous plait! was presented
at the  Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU (1998-2002),
The Saint John’s University (May 2000), The Italian Cultural
Institute (April 2000), at The Italian Festival in Queens (Summer
1998), at The Miranda Theater (November 1997).

Related Events

It’s possible to organize the following related events:

  1. Screening of films by the authors and with the actors cited
    in the performance;
  2. Lecture on Italian Cabaret and his influence in Italian
  3. Lecture on the History of Italian Theater and Cinema in
    the 50s and 60s trough their protagonists.
  4. Lecture on the Tradition of Commedia Dell’Arte in Italian
    acting from the 50s to the present.