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Working on a Special Day

by The Staff on June 19, 2014


The “special day” referred to in the title is May 8, 1938, and the setting is Rome. On this day, Mussolini is welcoming his buddy Hitler to Italy; in one apartment building, everyone has gone to the parade and celebration except for a housewife-mother and a neighbor, a man about to be deported for his anti-fascist views. Over the course of the day, their relationship evolves into something special.

This drama, now at Barrington Stage Company, is based on a memorable, twice-Oscar-nominated 1977 film by Ettore Scola starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Translated by Danya Taymor, Ana Graham and Antonio Vega, and starring Graham and Vega, Working on a Special Day is having its New England debut.

Working on a Special Day previews tonight (Thursday, June 19 at 4 PM) and opens tomorrow (Friday, June 20 at 7:30 PM) on Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage (36 Linden St., Pittsfield, Mass.). The show will run through July 6. For more info, call the box office at (413) 236-8888.