On Sunday, University of Rhode Island Theatre captured a crowd’s attention during its presentation of “Italian American Reconciliation” and the crowd’s attention was immediately caught up with the witty Italian banter and flair towards the inappropriate.
Chris Morris did an excellent job of portraying Italian lifestyle as Aldo Scalicki in a way that would make it easy for other Italian-Americans to resonate with his performance, specifically his dialect and mannerisms. The acting was very realistic as well, especially concerning male and female friendships within the culture.
“Italian American Reconciliation” was originally written by John Patrick Shanley in 1986. It is a comedic play featuring the characters of Aldo Scalicki and Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano (Steve Carvahlo). Aldo and Huey are two good friends having relationship issues during the prime years of their lives. Huey, who has been divorced for three years, cannot move on with his life because his ex-wife, Janice, took away all of his confidence.
This carries over into his relationship with Teresa, the girl with the looks, personality and general demeanor that all the guys on the block wish their girlfriends could have, even though Teresa, who was played by Emma Walker, has everything a guy could want, Huey is still unsatisfied. He has taken to dressing in odd clothing and moping around like a guy with nothing going on. As his friend, Aldo feels obligated to help him out of his slump by doing whatever it takes.
Together, Huey and Aldo come up with a plan to set Huey back up with Janice, his sexy, shrewish, and more than a little crazy ex-wife.
The cast at-large agreed that acting comes naturally to them. Most have been acting since before high school, adding that their drive for acting is fueled by the adrenaline of being on stage and also from the instantaneous reactions from the crowd.
Director Vincent “Vinny” Ballirano put together a excellent, well-tailored story that the whole audience seemed to enjoy throughout. Technical director and set designer Stephen Peterson was able to easily convey the city feeling with only three scenes, which were all built into the same set.
The play consisted of an enjoyable and perfect blend of humor, pity, and semi-predictable scenarios that lovers often face in life that kept the audience laughing.