Staten Island's Sundog makes good on sad story of Antonio Meucci; last show Sunday

Jun 30, 2014 936

Few stories sound like less fun than that of the luckless inventor Antonio Meucci (1808-1889), the Rosebank resident who was unrecognized for inventing a pre-Alexander Graham Bell telephone and spent much of his life in grinding poverty.

And yet, "Meucci's Message," a new play by James Armstrong, injects warmth and humor into the material. His device: Tell the story within the framework of a cheesy 1940s radio program, letting fresh air and even a little silliness into a plotline that would be paralyzingly grim otherwise.

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