Paulson checked out the current Nora Production of We Won't Pay, We Won't Pay!, Fo's farce about Capitalism. :
"We Won't Pay!" is an anti-capitalist comedy about inflation and poverty with a touch of repression and revolution. Its satirical eye is focused on government, police and corporate indifference. But it offers a taste of Fo's willingness to mock Catholic devotional practices, with a fantastical (and funny) scene spinning out a zany story about the blessings and curses offered by one St. Eulalia, and also with an ongoing gag about a character's supposed decision to stop taking the pill because the pope has been appearing in her dreams.
The play (whose title is sometimes translated as "We Can't Pay? We Won't Pay!") is more than a bit unsubtle for my taste (and a bit of a predictable programming choice for Cambridge -- it was previously staged at the ART in 1999); you'll have to wait for the Globe's critic for an assessment of the production and the performances. But it certainly provides an opportunity to get the flavor of Fo's work, and more than a few laughs as well.
Paulson is right, there are certain plays through which Americans are familiar with Dario Fo, and they tend to be the less incendiary ones: Mistero Buffo, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist and We Won't Pay, We Won't Pay.
Probably the most recent Fo controversy was was when the University of Minnesota staged The Pope and the Witch a couple of years ago. Minnesota Public Radio has a nice roundup of the story. The following is my favorite part of the article, containing an honest quote from one of the participants:
In the midst of this maelstrom of controversy are a bunch of young, enthusiastic and talented theater students preparing to go on stage, including Brant Miller.
Miller plays the Pope in "The Pope and the Witch." He says he's excited to be in the play, not because of its views on abortion, drugs or religion, but because it's the first time he's landed the lead in a university play.