Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dario Fo

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dario Fo

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Dario Fo * The Italian playwright, whose energetic mocking of Italian political life, social mores and religion won him praise, scorn and the Nobel Prize for Literature, died Thursday. He was 90.

The author of "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" and more than 70 other plays saw himself as playing the role of the jester, combining raunchy humor and scathing satire that continued into his final years. He was admired and reviled in equal measure.

His political activities saw him banned from the United States and censored on Italian television, and his flamboyant artistic antics resulted in repeated arrests. In recent years, Fo became a point of reference for Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which eulogized him Thursday as a "spiritual guide."

A staunch leftist, Fo founded a theater company with his wife, the actress Franca Rame. …

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