How much joyful lightness in the Pirandello-performance of the Katona József Theatre from Budapest! The lesson, how to play the great man from Agrigento, unbelievable as it is, comes from Hungary to us. (...) It is a cheerful and comic interpretation, with some really crazy, carnival-like moments. (...) Indeed we should improvise, although form gets a hold on us . This is the message of Tamás Ascher, who filled with life the irresistible introducing scene of the comedy, with some Italian actors scattered around the auditorium and a few Hungarian ones, to let them make a disturbance and pretend to be spectators. (...) We cannot help being amazed seeing the originality of this production. And we enjoy the mixing up of the hot Sicily of the Agrigentan dramatist and the passionate Hungary, that gives us virtuosic effects.
Rosella Minotti, Il Giorno
Tamás Ascher who staged this play in the Katona József Theatre of Budapest, managed to lend this conlict a stupefying freshness by means that he emphasised - mainly at the beginning - rather the comical improvisations than philosophical dialogues. The handwork of the good director is evident in the way Ascher exploits in this humorous performance all the comical possibilities hidden in the dialogue of the role-actors and the spectator-actors. For the latters, he used some Italian actors and he involved with an excellent sense of rhythm in the composition the pre-arranged delays of simultaneous translation. (...) But the most fascinating in this stageing is the flavour of the newly found and yet also physically unavoidable improvisation: as if the transportation from one language and cultural sphere to another had wiped off the dust that time and the crowd of Pirandello-epigons layed on it during long decades. (...) The enrichment is mutual, as it should be all the time but is, unfortunately, almost never.
Giovanni Raboni, Corriere della Sera