Stroili's one-man comedy began performances Jan. 17 and officially opened Off-Broadway Jan. 24. Stroili, whose television credits include appearances on "Malcolm in the Middle," "Brother's Keeper," "The Untouchables" and "Cold Justice," penned the one-man autobiographical comedy that previously played an award-winning run in Los Angeles in 2000 as well as several regional engagements.
Inspired by Stroili's life, Straight Up with a Twist "challenges our conventions on what it means to be straight, gay and everything in between. The show takes a look at one family trying to figure out a straight son who loves to vacuum, knows how to fold a fitted sheet, and can quantify the difference between egg-shell and ecru. Paul Stroili portrays his Bronx-born 'yente' mother, his Italian father, his Goombah brother, and a host of other characters. Stroili uses his experience to tell audiences about that straight guy you’ve always wondered about," according to press notes.
Bill Penton directs the production, which is produced by David and Hyra George (Millrock). The production was previously filmed for a one-hour television comedy special.
Straight Up with a Twist plays the Players Theatre, located in Manhattan at 115 MacDougal Street. Tickets, priced $45, are available by calling (212)239-6200 or by visiting www.Telecharge.com.