Smuggled out of Naples in his youth after stabbing a brutal night-watchman to death, Antonio Barracano returned home in the 1960s as a wealthy man. He used his newfound status to quash his murder conviction, and was soon feared but respected throughout the city. Don Antonio has made it his lifes work to bring rough justice to the criminals of Naples who otherwise have no fear of the law. He rules the citys underbelly with a rod of iron.The play begins when a respectable but poor young man who has resolved to murder his father comes to Don Antonio for advice. The Neapolitan Godfather emerges from the shadows to make the young mans father an offer he cant refuse. The comedy grows blacker as respectable Naples collides with its criminal underworld. A dark comedy of pathos and farce by one of Italys pre-eminent dramatists of the twentieth century, Eduardo De Filippos The Syndicate (Il sindaco del rione Sanita) is made newly accessible and contemporary by this translation by Mike Poulton.

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