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The play La cena delle beffe ('The Supper of the Jests') was a great New York theatre success in 1919 under the tile The Jest, starring Lionel and John Barrymore. In Italy a great actress was the best male protagonist of La cena delle beffe: one night in 1913 the leading man collapsed before playing the character of Giannetto, than she took his place achieving resounding success. Ever since Paola Pezzaglia (this is the name of the actress) carried on doing the same role again and again.