Candelaio by Giordano Bruno:
Giordano Bruno was as modern in this play as in his universe filled with inhabitable worlds. NASA is right now looking for the worlds Bruno predicted. But Bruno is downright funny in his play, as he is “dead serious” in the works for which he died. Here we’re more likely to die--laughing.
Bony thinks he’s bedding his lover, but it’s his wife. The scientist Bart spends every moment trying to make gold, until his ignored wife takes a lover. The teacher Manny reads his poems to his boys hoping to attract them as they attract him. How the boys defeat Manny is humorous. Several Naples street hooligans put on security jackets and steal from Manny and others. At least one character above is bisexual. Is this a contemporary play, or Candelaio from nearly 440 years ago?
Bruno only wrote one play, the best first play ever written. Printed in Paris in 1582, the play waited four hundred years for the world to catch up to Bruno--not just in astronomy. Many know Giordano Bruno’s martyrdom, but nobody thinks him outrageously funny, until they read this play, and this version.
Author Alan W Powers also wrote The Worlds of Giordano Bruno (2011).
Published: 2 April 2014