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    Erotic Adventures in Venice

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    An ironic, sarcastic satire about the colossal scandal in Italian politics during 1991-92. At the end of World War II, the Christian Democrats, with the assistance of the Vatican, won the elections in Italy. They ruled there uninterruptedly until 1991; in fact, by playing musical chairs, they stayed in power and dominated Italian politics for almost fifty years. In 1991 the honest, severe Judge Di Pietro uncovered the national scandal now known as Tangentopoli, or Bribestown, whose widespread and brazen corruption led to the indictment of many politicians. These gentlemen ran away and hid themselves in the most disparate locations, even in family mausoleums in well-known cemeteries. In "Erotic Adventures in Venice," Mario Fratti takes on one of these cases. The play is a scathing comedy about the politicians who hid in the well-known Venetian cemetery of San Michele, where the tombs of Diaghilev, Stravinsky and Ezra Pound are nestled among those of other famous people. The posh surroundings were a perfect place to start an amusing sex business for tourists. In Fratti's play, the cemetery — a beautiful, serene island — becomes a tragicomic Italian Bribestown, filled with music, ghosts and bizarre erotic adventures. In particular, it is home to Senator "M" who, although deposed, still relishes the power and influence he can wield with his name and title. Exultant with his money and his women, he can convince anybody, with charming mendacity, how the trickle-down effect of "bustarelle" (bribes) is the best thing for the country.

    Dates:  Feb. 7, 2002 - Feb. 24, 2002
    Schedule:  Thurs.-Sun. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m.
    Venue:  La Mama Experimental Theater, 74A East 4th St.
    Price:  $15
    Tickets/info:  (212) 475-7710

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