What's a Fazzari?, I hear you ask. It's the last name of the lead character of Princess Grace and the Fazzaris (Feb. 11-22), a comedy about an Italian family whose daughter, Rosemary Fazzari, is getting married on the same day as Princess Grace.
Starring in Marc Alan Zagoren's comedy is Lois Nettleton, who played Blanche DuBois on Broadway but is probably best known for her TV appearances and roles in such films as The Man in The Glass Booth and Dirty Dingus Magee. In September she appeared in a staged reading of Patrick Hamilton's thriller, Gaslight at by California Artists Repertory Theatre. (CART).
Peter Bennett directs the show, which plays at Queens Theatre in the Park (Q-TIP) Feb. 11-28 and is targeting an Off Broadway run.
Also on tap for Q-TIP:
Fires In The Mirror (Feb. 27-March 2), is Anna Deavere Smith's look at the Crown Heights riots, courtesy of Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory.
Chicago City Limits will play one show, March 7, and Barbara Cook arrives March 13.
Recently announced is a 30th anniversary tour production of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, featuring Lee Meriwether in connected one-act comedies all taking place at a New York hotel. Speculation is that after the Suite tour, Meriwether may soon turn up in the Off-Broadway company of Grandma Sylvia's Funeral.
The Barry Sisters, based on the real-life Yiddish singing group. The remaining Barry Sister is working on the book for this musical, due April 1-5.
Rita Moreno arrives for two concert performances, April 25, and the Off Broadway company of Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back appears May 2-3. Also scheduled for Q-TIP is cabaret legend Earth Kitt (April 25).
For tickets ($15-$19) and information on shows at Queens Theatre In The Park (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near the Queens Museum), call (718) 760-0064.
-- By David Lefkowitz