“The bosom friend” was a play born from the evolution of a single act of Vincenzo Salemme 1991, entitled “The Last Wish”. In this script the author saw a lot of potential comic and developed making it a two-act comedy that debuted at the theater in 1995. In 1998 it became a movie in which the same Salemme debuted as a film director as well as being an interpreter along with talented Buccirosso, Casagrande and Paone. After the success in theaters, this comedy was represented many times and by different companies.
This year “The bosom friend” was on tour in January in many major Italian theatres, including the Ambra Jovinelli, with a renewed cast consists of Biagio Izzo (who had also participated in the film in ’98 in the ‘hilarious role of a taxi driver Avana9), Mario Porfito, Francesco Procopio, Antonella Cioli, Yulya Mayarchuck, Samuel Sbrighi, Luana Pantaleo. From November 24 to December 13 it was at the Teatro Sala Umberto in Rome.
“This year I’d like to bring to the surface the cruelty of human relationships. I’d like Michelino Seta became a victim of himself, of everything in which he pretended to believe, in all its cultural provincialism, of all his open-minded but just words. And then I’d like Roberto Cordova became a man who takes in their illness (must undergo a heart transplant with little chance of survival) opportunity of recourse in respect of his more fortunate, that friend of the heart, Michelino, who appears in his eyes a man of success for more married to a beautiful woman. ” Indeed Biagio Izzo with his exuberance stage that always reminds the mask of Plautus miles glorius gives us a ‘hilarious characterization of Michele Seta, alternating an attitude “bully” by successful man and culturally emancipated than the poor wretch mocked and mocked, victim of all the discounted taboo of the Italian male .
It makes him the perfect counterpoint with his prim and measured interpretation, Mario Porfito, which gives it the character of Roberto Cordova greater cynicism. Well done all the other performers among them Samuel Sbrighi in the role of Jeremiah, characterized in this new staging of the play with an effervescent Bolognese accent. In addition it should be noted that the representation at the Sala Umberto instead of good Antonella Cioli in the role of the sister of Michele Seta there was the actress Adele Pandolfi, known to everyone in the role of Rita in the soap opera “A Place in the Sun” but above all brilliant actress. Adele Pandolfi made it really hilarious the gaping character of the mother of Jeremiah and sister of Michele Seta.
But the greatest novelty of this show lies in the choice of directing directly involve the audience in the story, eliminating the so-called “fourth wall”. The director himself has declared about it: “I’d love this comedy for the audience to become almost a story, an anecdote on which everyone could be called upon to express their opinion. I’d like that is that each of the male viewers were to ask, but if my best friend, on his deathbed, I was asking, as last wish, to go to bed with my wife, what would I do? And I would also like to know what thinks about his wife.” In fact, with an imaginable comic effect, characters Michele and Roberto in the affair involving the audience, really down in the audience, asking them to express their opinion and trying to pull the public on their side. People laugh, have fun in being involved, but also reflects on what was then the central theme of the play, or the hypocrisy of human relationships that is behind the doing good and ostentatious declarations of love and friendship. But one of the main ingredients in the recipe of good comedy is to make people laugh even on human misery and the small and large malice and betrayal that everyone sooner or later commit.
So in conclusion we can say that “The bosom friend”, at least in the theater, never lets you down!
WHERE WE SEEN:
SALA UMBERTO THEATRE,
VIA DELLA MERCEDE, 50 -ROMA
FROM 24 NOVEMBER TO December 13, 2015
THE BOSOM FRIEND
a comedy written by VINCENZO SALEMME
MARIO PORFITO, FRANCESCO PROCOPIO,
YULYIA MAYARCHUCK, SAMUELE SBRIGHI,
Scenes ALESSANDRO CHITI
Music ANTONIO BOCCIA
Costumes FRANCESCA ROMANA SCUDERIO