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DOPPIOSENSO UNICO

DOPPIOSENSO UNICO
DOPPIOSENSO UNICO
Photo by Antonio Barrella
DOPPIOSENSO UNICO
DOPPIOSENSO UNICO

The theatre company DoppioSenso Unico is made up of a pair of actors who are both funny and serious, profound and amusing, and who are highly attentive to language and their relationship with the public. They are called Luca Ruocco and Ivan Talarico, were both born in 1981, and met during their high school years in Catanzaro, the city where, in 1999, the company was born. They arrived in Rome to study theatre and are now working at Rampa Prenestina, home to a plethora of associations and working groups, and they take their shows to theatres and clubs in Rome and around the country. They have five shows to their name: Viageatruà (2005), Le clamorose avventure di Mario Pappice e Pepé Papocchio (2008), La variante E.K. (2013), gU.F.O. (2014) and Operamolla (2015).

The scenery is spartan and the pace fast and constructed around micro-scenes. The humour comes from the dialogues, wordplay and expressions of the actors and from their interaction with the public, which create continually unpredictable situations. The comedy is often dark, because the issues they address are dark too: alienation, loneliness, suicide and illness. Like their owls (represented by two large masks created by Tiziana Tassinari). A man and a woman who are drifting apart convince themselves that they are, in fact, owls, and live in what Talarico calls "a Casa Vianello-Beckett house" (Casa Vianello being a longrunning Italian sitcom about an ageing married couple): a story about loneliness and relationships. Talarico and Ruocco put on performances which lie somewhere between Samuel Beckett and Antonio Rezza, and which are fun, engaging and often cathartic.

They struggle with the difficulties of any small, self-produced company, aware that the theatre is in danger and aware of the paradox this implies, the theatre being a space that, because of its direct link with the public, should enjoy a particularly important place among the arts. That's why, in answer to the question “What do you dream?”, they confess, “On occasion we dream of closing”, even though their passion wins out and keeps them going. And thank goodness for that.

The story has been written by Paola Soriga, writer.

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