ITALIAN-AMERICAN CANTOS
                SOOP THEATRE COMPANY (Paul Romanello, Artistic Director)
                                      Presents
                               ITALIAN-AMERICAN CANTOS
                               
                                by ANTHONY P. PENNINO
                             Directed by GREGORY SIMMONS
                             
                                      Starring
                  JOSEPH SCHOMMER   JARROD PISTILLI   PAUL ROMANELLO
                  KATHLEEN DeFAUW   JOSEPH CAMARDELLA   LISA BARNES
               CHRISTINA ROMANELLO   SUZANNE DI DONNA   ANITA MICHAELS
                               RICHARD KOHN   TOM WALKER

Scenic/Lighting Design: THOM WEAVER
Costume Design: LISA JAHN
Sound Design: MICHAEL GRAETZER
Stage Manager: SARAH STITH 

                          The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, April 14 - May 8, 2004


	Anthony P. Pennino does a fine job of depicting what it's like to be 
	Italian-American through his multi-generational play ITALIAN-AMERICAN 
	CANTOS. There are 27 cantos (songs or poems), which are about 10 too 
	many (not every loose end has to be tied up!), that advance the story 
	of a New Jersey family from 1981 through 1999, not necessarily in that 
	order. The plot focuses on the two different roads taken by teenagers 
	Vin (Jarrod Pistilli) and Gio (Joseph Schommer), strongly influenced 
	by both Italian roots and American dreams. Through stereotypical 
	vignettes, fantasies, operas, and scene snippets, each generation 
	struggles with its own identity problems, celebrating the highs and 
	grieving the lows. Enhanced by a background of Italian music, the 
	rituals of Catholicism, hints of mob connections, bountiful and ever-
	present food, and Jersey accents, the pathos and humor flow freely. 
	The cast does an impressive job, and the multi-faceted story holds 
	your interest. Being half-Italian, I can attest that ITALIAN-AMERICAN 
	CANTOS is an accurate portrayal of the emotional roller coaster ride 
	that accompanies the culture. Although definitely a tad too long, 
	it's a ride worth taking.

                                - Laurie Lawson -
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