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.