My Italy Story, the gentle, serio-comic monologue about a long standing family feud, closed May 4 at the 47th Street Theatre Off-Broadway.
The show began previews March 18, opened March 31, and told of a young, third-generation Italian-American from Hoboken who journeys to Naples to settle a long-standing family feud. No, this was not a Mafia story -- even though the playwright's name was Joseph Gallo (no relation to deceased mobster Joey Gallo). "It's a sweet little story with a twist," says spokesperson Jim Byk.
The one-person show starred Daniel Mastrogiorgio, who will appear in the very Mafia-ish "The Last Don" on CBS-TV, and who appeared in Taming Of The Shrew at the Old Globe and Two Gentlemen Of Verona at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Other works by Gallo -- a 1995 recipient of the Rowan College Alumni Award in Creative Writing -- include Boggs, Wizzy and The World's Worst Coffee.
Joe Brancato directs My Italy Story, which was first produced at Penguin Repertory in 1993 (where Brancato is founder and artistic director), and later staged at Hartford's TheatreWorks and Seton Hall University. Brancato's directing work has also been seen at CT's Westport County Playhouse, DC's Capital Rep and Seattle Rep. Evangeline Morphos, Mara Gibbs and Gary Shaffer produced the piece, which had sets by Jeff Cowie, sound by Johnna Doty, lighting by Jeff Nellis and costumes by Terence McFarland.
The closing of My Italy Story opens the way for Men On The Verge Of A His-Panic Breakdown, which has played to sell-out crowds at the same theatre directly following Italy, to add extra performances during the week.
For tickets and information on His-Panic Breakdown call (212) 239 6200.
--By David Lefkowitz