About Napoli!

Running time:
2 hours which includes a 15 minute intermission


  "There's comedy. . . .mixed with serious drama and gritty social realism in the landmark format that made De Filippo one of Italy's most important 20th century playwrights." San Francisco Chronicle

“Savor the earthy pleasures of Napoli!…a charming comedy with bite” —Bay Area News Group


"Marco Barricelli, making a welcome return to ACT, anchors a strong ensemble with the kind of natural charisma that makes even a confused look or a prolonged silence an irresistible attention magnet."San Francisco Chronicle

"Filled with earthy spirit and comic gusto"
—The New York Times

"[Barricelli is] gifted with one of the grand vocal instruments of the American theater."
—San Francisco Chronicle

A.C.T. favorite Marco Barricelli (Vigil at A.C.T.) and Stratford Festival star Seana McKenna (Phèdre at A.C.T.) return to lead the cast in Napoli!, a sparkling new translation of Eduardo De Filippo's Italian masterpiece. During the chaotic days of World War II, a feisty, Neapolitan mother sets up a lucrative black market business to get her family out from under the boots of fascism and poverty. She prospers, but maybe a bit too much—compelling her husband to ask hard questions about their motives, morality, and the state of their society. A dark and robust comedy, De Filippo's Napoli! is a masterful blend of humor and pathos—and a miraculous tale about a wildly entertaining family who is determined to survive at any cost.

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