Roberto Benigni: TuttoDante
Two-time Academy Award–winner Roberto Benigni makes his Boston stage debut with his one-man show TuttoDante. The show is Benigni's unique creation, a fascinating voyage that extends from current events (cultural and political) to The Divine Comedy, from moments of pure humor to moments of breathtaking poetry-in particular Canto V from The Inferno, Dante's cosmos-bestriding, medieval epic of sin, salvation, and the everlasting.
Benigni has been perfecting his one-man show in his native Italy for the past three years in front of more than 1 million fans. He performs in English until the very end, when he recites the fifth chapter by heart in Italian.
The fifth canto describes the familiar and tragic love story between Paolo and Francesca, condemned for the sin of lust to pass eternity on the first of the descending rings of hell. Benigni illustrates the story as only he can—first as the familiar rascal running about the stage, then becoming the earnest student, kindly professor, and ultimately, the tragic actor performing the verse of Dante.
TuttoDante has received rave reviews all across Italy and in London.