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Guebri VanOver in the Actors’ Gang production of Dario Fo’s “Accidental Death of an Anarchist.” (Ashley Randall)

‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’

The essentials: With a judge due to arrive at the police station to investigate the alleged accidental death of an anarchist in custody, a cunning Maniac — ironically, the most mentally cogent character in the play — adopts a succession of disguises to gull the authorities and expose their corruption and stupidity.

Why this? The late Dario Fo based his 1970 play on the real-life case of an accused bomber who supposedly jumped from a window while in police custody. Fo’s blistering indictment of corruption is more frequently played for farce than for its political subtexts, but considering the Actors’ Gang’s track record, one suspects that this production will skew toward the latter. Artistic Director Tim Robbins, who knew Fo, has said the work “stands in defiance of fascism. At a time when authoritarian governments are being supported by our president, and the judiciary is being corrupted … this play resonates as if it was written yesterday.”

Details: The Actors’ Gang Theatre, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through March 9. Also 2 p.m. Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 3. (310) 838-4264,

Lynde Houck and Bob Turton in Actors' Gang's "Accidental Death of an Anarchist."
Lynde Houck and Bob Turton in Actors’ Gang’s “Accidental Death of an Anarchist.” (Ashley Randall)