The Marchese del Grillo with Max Giusti ready to land at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina


By John

After the great success of the public and critics and the repeated sold outs, “The Marquis of Grillo”directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo and with the overwhelming talent of Max Giustiarrives in Messina where it will be on stage at Vittorio Emanuele Theater from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th January. The musical comedy taken from the screenplay of the “cult” film by Mario Monicelli, with the new adaptation written by Massimo Romeo Piparo and Gianni Clementiis a winning mix of irony and sarcasm, with original music composed by Emanuele Friello, choreography by Roberto Croce, rich scenography by Teresa Caruso and with a large cast of over 30 artists.

“I am proud to be part of this extraordinary installation by Massimo Romeo Piparo”, declared Max Giusti. “Playing Marquis Onofrio del Grillo is an intense and beautiful sensation, it’s like feeling wrapped in a cloak made of Rome, of our squares, of our alleys, of our people”.

A tribute to Rome and to the Roman world, as well as the glorious tradition of Italian comedy which brings back to the stage and to the affection of the public one of the most loved and rooted characters in the history of the Eternal City: the Marquis Onofrio del Grillo, a charismatic nobleman, irremediably idle and mischievous, immodest and cheeky, will make you smile and reflect with its bittersweet mask. The show, based on the famous 1981 film with Alberto Sordi, a blockbuster and laugh-filled hit, tells the story – inspired by a real historical figure – which takes us back in time to Rome at the beginning of the 19th century, immersing the spectator in the charm of the Eternal City. Here lives the Marquis Onofrio del Grillo, a charismatic nobleman, irremediably idle and spiteful, immodest and brazen, who will make you smile and reflect with his bittersweet mask.

“The Marquis del Grillo illuminates Rome in a very particular moment of its contemporary history – says Massimo Romeo Piparo – Onofrio del Grillo’s frank philosophy of life pervades the entire Comedy with very current references and tremendously similar to the reality that all Romans have to face on a daily basis: Corrupt Justice, a Church poised between the weak spiritual power and the most bewitching temporal power, the tremendous dilemma of being and appearing, the drama of the poorest contrasted with the cynicism of the powerful; all topics that would seem to photograph the current Italian system and even more the inexorable decline of Rome Capital, but which instead arose almost half a century ago from the happy intuition of the great Masters of Italian Comedy of the second half of the 20th century. The Marquis del Grillo, therefore, is preparing to become the right show at the right time and in the right place; will overwhelm the audience with thunderous laughter and bitter reflections in a perfect tragicomic mix punctuated by unforgettable jokes and aphorisms.”