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"Spaghetti and Matzo Balls – Fuhgeddaboudit!" – Off Broadway

Posted By: The Annotico Report, Italia Mia Network on July 13, 2010 in Annotico Report, Italy - Comments: No Comments »

The romantic comedy tells the story a nice Italian boy (Peter Marinaro) and Jewish girl (Jennifer Leigh Cohen) who fall in love at first sight - until their immigrant parents clash of cultural differences. Audiences are encouraged to exclaim "Oy vey!" and "Fuhgeddaboudit!” as they root for the young lovers to unite.

Among the memorable characters: Ms. Burger, Sarah’s Jewish-Buddhist mother; Tony, Sr., the old-school Italian father who loves "The Godfather" but hates Italian stereotypes; Fluenza, a beautiful and intelligent Italian-American princess; and Fuhgeddaboudit (yeah, that’s right), an outrageous Italian stallion " in his own mind.
It points out all of the stereotypes that people are throwing out there, like ‘Jersey Shore.’ That’s not what all Italian people are really like. Those reality TV shows really do skew and put out a bad name for Italians.

I’m a first-generation American (Peter Marinaro). My parents were both born in Italy, so they are Italian through and through, and they are nothing like that. For me, the play is funny and people laugh, but it’s structured in a way where they can go home with something to think about.

It’s a love story between a young couple being affected by stereotypes, and everything thing else outside their relationship. By the clashing of two different groups of people, you find the comedy. But at the end of the day it’s about figuring out what matters and what doesn’t.

Romance: From 'Oy Vey' to 'Fughgeddaboudit!'
Staten Island Live Rob Bailey; Sunday, July 11, 2010
Now that’s what we call a quick turnaround.

One month after graduating from Wagner College’s nationally ranked theater program, 22-year-old Peter Marinaro was making his professional debut in "Spaghetti and Matzo Balls - Fuhgeddaboudit!" , a new play by David Lamb, author of the long-running off-Broadway hit "Platanos & Collard Greens."
The romantic comedy tells the story a nice Italian boy (Marinaro) and Jewish girl (Jennifer Leigh Cohen) who fall in love at first sight — until their immigrant parents clash of cultural differences.

Drama Desk Award winner Renee Lynette Ferrera directs the romantic comedy, which closes July 23, at Manhattan’s Baruch Performing Arts Center. Audiences are encouraged to exclaim "Oy vey!" and "Fuhgeddaboudit!" as they root for the young lovers to unite.

Among the memorable characters: Ms. Burger, Sarah’s Jewish-Buddhist mother; Tony, Sr., the old-school Italian father who loves "The Godfather" but hates Italian stereotypes; Fluenza, a beautiful and intelligent Italian-American princess; and Fuhgeddaboudit (yeah, that’s right), an outrageous Italian stallion " in his own mind.

 Earlier this week we talked to Peter Marinaro about his S.I. connection, how Wagner prepared him to go pro and the challenges/rewards of battling ethnic stereotypes.

Q.We know you went to school on Staten Island, but are you actually from the borough?


A.I actually come from a really small town called East Fishkill, NY, but I live in Brooklyn now.

Q.Can we assume you were drawn here by one of the top-ranked theater schools in the country, one that’s affectionately called the “Broadway Factory” by some industry insiders?

A.Well, the faculty at Wagner College is just amazing. They really taught not just me and all my classmates, but every one who graduated before us, so much. Although my training wasn’t in musical theater, it prepared me to tackle so many different facets of theater. The program is great because it’s so well-rounded — it prepares you for everything. And now Tony winner Michelle Pawk is joining the faculty. The program is evolving more and more. I wish the best for people going through the program now.

Q.OK, less than a month after picking up your diploma you were making your off-Broadway debut. Any advice for aspiring actors?

A.I just a saw a posting online, went into the open audition and they hired me. I’ve been working on this since the beginning of May.

Q.With all the brouhaha over the "Jersey Shore," Italian-American groups are really gunning against portrayals of negative stereotype in pop culture. Were you worried about tackling a role that walks that comedic tightrope?

A.If anything, this show fights against that. It points out all of the stereotypes that people are throwing out there, like ‘Jersey Shore.’ That’s not what all Italian people are really like. Those reality TV shows really do skew and put out a bad name for Italians.

I’m a first-generation American. My parents were both born in Italy, so they are Italian through and through, and they are nothing like that. For me, the play is funny and people laugh, but it’s structured in a way where they can go home with something to think about.

It’s a love story between a young couple being affected by stereotypes, and everything thing else outside their relationship. By the clashing of two different groups of people, you find the comedy. But at the end of the day it’s about figuring out what matters and what doesn’t.

Q.These days, it seems like more and more shows that start out as short-run productions — from “In the Heights” to “Rock of Ages” — actually go on to longer runs.

Right now it’s scheduled through end of July, but they’re in negotiations for an extended run. We’re still getting a feel for the audiences, and along way, tweaking things and trying to make the show even better. After July, we’ll see what happens, but they seem confident.
 

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