Thursday, December 24, 2009
93. Sicilian Tragedee, by Ottavio Cappellani
The theme is star-crossed lovers, but Shakespeare would be a bit startled at the casting. It's not in fair Verona that we set our scene, but hot Sicily. And the households are alike in their lack of dignity.
Take: Tino Cagnotto, theatre director, who is trying to stage an unusual production of Romeo and Juliet, while battling depression and wooing his younger inamorato, Bobo. Add: Alfio Turrisi, mafioso, in love with Betty Pirotta, daughter of a rival, said rival being all too happy at the prospect of getting the spoiled brat off his hands.
Mix in: various aristocrats, dueling cultural commissioners, and actors (never forget the actors!)
Result: plots, counter-plots, confusion, hilarity and un libro molto divertente!