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The play The Jester's Supper was a great New York theatre success in 1919 under the title The Jest, starring Lionel and John Barrymore. In Italy Paola Pezzaglia was considered 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 Pezzaglia carried on doing the same role again and again.