di Maurita Cardone   Vedere un testo teatrale italiano contemporaneo tradotto per i palcoscenici newyorchesi è di per sé motivo di gioia per chi, come noi, segue la cultura italiana nella Grande Mela e sa quanto raro sia che qualsiasi cosa sia venuta dopo Pirandello (e che non sia Eduardo De Filippo) attraversi l'Atlantico. Ma Dealers of Sou...

by Jon Potter   Everybody has a Nonie. Seth Lepore just happens to have written a play about his. "She was the matriach of our family. She was the center of our universe," said Lepore, a nationally touring solo performer and former Brattleboro resident.   "She was just a spitfire, slightly crazy, non-stop-talking, no editing kin...

A general maxim emerges when chatting with Joe Piscopo about the curvatures and swivels of his life. "I totally dig the journey," said Piscopo. "Totally dig the journey." And what a ride it has been for the famous New Jersey native, age 63. From satirist to commercial kingpin to, most recently, radio talk show host, Piscopo has cracked the code o...

The fourth night of the IN SCENA! Italian Theater Festival NY was presented at the beautiful and intimate Casa Italiana in Greenwich Village. There in the downstairs auditorium, I experienced Cingomma, written and performed by the wildly talented Jessica Leonello.   With a variety of lush and complex characters, this comic yet highly moving...

Grazie alla collaborazione fra KIT Italia e Kairos Italy Theater, la pluripremiata compagnia newyorkese Bedlam sarà per la prima volta in Italia nel mese di aprile 2016, presentando "Cry Havoc", monologo che parte da celebri monologhi di condottieri shakespeariani per esplorare le difficoltà dei veterani di guerra nel riadattarsi al ritorno nella s...

by Lou Carlozo   If you think it's a long way from the Chicago to the South Pacific, then you haven't watched Lawrence E. DiStasi making magic on stage. And magic isn't too strong a word: As a founding member of Lookingglass Theatre, DiStasi helped conjure from thin air a theater company that has become a Chicago gem.   And it's with...

Now playing at Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield, "An Italian Wife" is an expansive theatrical exploration of an Italian-American family saga spanning the 20th century. Presented by Epic Theatre Company, the broad and oftentimes poignant treatment follows an Italian immigrant and her family over the course of her 100-year life. "An Italian...

Maria Baratta of Waterbury will star in the Seven Angels Theatre comedy, "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti," from Saturday through April 26.   The one-woman play was adapted by Jacques Lamarre from a memoir by Gulia Melucci, and could be described as "Sex and the City" meets the Food Channel. Baratta plays Melucci, a single New Yorker...

by Marci Diehl   Stop me if you've heard this one: Two Italian-American Roman Catholic sisters are hired to cater an event at a Jewish funeral home, but they don't know the difference between a matzo ball and a meatball, let alone what's Kosher. Cultural disaster, or a recipe for success? You'll see during the Jewish Community Center's...

In the late 1980s, Chazz Palminteri first performed his one-man show A Bronx Tale in Los Angeles. The show transferred to the now-closed Playhouse 91 Off-Broadway and quickly began to garner critical buzz. Among those who went to see it during its short run, was Robert De Niro.   He immediately recognized the potential for a screen adaptatio...