by Mario Fratti

directed by Pamela Billig


"Sister" by Mario Fratti depicts the strains of an Italian family in which a teenage son, wise beyond his years, lives uneasily with his 59 year-old mother and his thirty-something sister. The boy is blessed with a professorial vocabulary and cursed with a judgmental mind. He resents his sister's desperate relationships with men, accuses her of promiscuity and responds self-righteously to his mother's queries about his own relations with women. The play starts off like an indictment of male machismo and double-standards with a Strindbergian touch. Then, in typical Fratti style, the play turns on its heel. Shocking, mysterious secrets are revealed. The boy's arrogance gives way to humility and greater understanding. Fratti's gift is to expose the secret agendas that drive people to dishonesty and betrayal. In the foreword to the published edition (Guernica), Nina Da Vinci Nichols writes, "The curtain goes up on an action already begun and falls before the audience has quite caught its breath--Fratti's trademark is the final knockout punch. Its after-shock lingers until after the spectator has left the theater. Expectations have been reversed, those of the protagonist and of the audience as well." This play, originally written in 1994, typifies the spare but powerful style of Fratti's drama-mysteries. Director Pamela Billig will set the production in Milan in the early '60s, when the boy's opinions would seem typical, in order to make the trap complete. When Fratti is done, all expectations will be dashed and no character will be as she or he originally seemed.


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Theatre/Venue La MaMa Experimental Theatre 

74A East 4th St  New York

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