Thursday, January 21, 2010

Scapino. Not Your Nonna's Naples!

This is not your Nonna's Naples, Italy! Scapino, now playing at the Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA), promises a few hours of trickery, choreographed "Wierd Al" Yankovic-esque Italian melodies and fine acting from a few local Italian American thespians Ron Bianci, Paul Laudiero and Joe Randazzo. Rick Hayes, Director of LTA's 2008 production of Eduardo de Filippo's Saturday Sunday Monday, brings its second Italian-themed production with an about face of spaghetti silliness, misers, gypsies, chase scenes, mistaken identities and more! Occasional Italian arias and family vendettas will bring a glimpse of nostalgia to the Italian-American theatre-goer. But to ensure a real Italian experience, grab a bite of pre-theatre fare at Landini Brothers (King and Lee)or Geranios (King and Columbus) in charming Old Town, Alexandria. For a quick post-theatre fix, order the cappuccino at Mishas (Patrick & King). Enjoy at your own risk and buon appetito!

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