Boss: The Untold Tony Danza Story

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BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ certified reviewer · June 10, 2015
"Boss: The Untold Tony Danza Story" fires HARD on all cylinders. The cast is not only talented, but extremely well rehearsed (something you can't say about most fringe shows this year). The writing is quick, witty and accessible. I admit, I've never seen an episode of "Who's The Boss?" so I was a bit unsure going in whether or not I would understand references or the show in general. Writer, Damien Luvara, has carefully taken his laymen audience into consideration while still staying true to the source material. I had a couple friends that know "Who's The Boss?" backwards and forwards that came along with me and they were repeating lines and talking about past episodes that were referenced (quite subtle at times) in the show. Just a joy to w... full review

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DAVID MICHAEL TAYLOR · June 15, 2015
tagged as: funny
Damien Luvara's brilliant, hysterical script about Tony Danza is only surpassed by his brilliant, hysterical portrayal of Tony Danza. Supported by a pitch-perfect cast and the seamless, always on-point direction of Matt Ritchey, Luvara has created a show that defies your expectations in revealing the "truth" behind the boxer-turned-TV star and his hit '80s sitcom "Who's the Boss?". Such is Luvara's comic genius, you don't even have to have seen an episode of that show in order to enjoy this show. Damien does Danza by taking his passing resemblance to the actor and transforming himself into his doppelganger through sheer talent and force of will. It's his tour de force performance that makes the entire play oddly real even when it gets re... full review

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TIFFANY ASTA · June 18, 2015
If you're looking for a full force comedy with a side of nostalgia, then look no further! The Boss is a perfectly executed, craftily acted, and expertly directed piece of comedy gold. I had so much fun reliving my early childhood through the thoughtful 80's references sprinkled throughout this razor sharp script. All of the acting was top notch and had a firm grip on the fast paced sketch-comedy style, but Damien Luvara stood out making me forget that I wasn't actually watching the real Tony Danza on stage. His vocal intonations and mannerisms were spot on. Summer Shirley was beyond hilarious, part Judith Light, part Harry Caray, but all genius. They were flawlessly rehearsed, but if I were to say a word of caution, they definitely play to t... full review

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JEREMY SAJE certified reviewer · June 09, 2015
I laughed... A LOT!!! The cast does a fantastic job embodying the actors and characters I grew up with. Particularly Damien Luvara and Summer Shirey, who had me forgetting I wasn't seeing the real Tony Danza and Judith Light up on the stage. At one point I did find myself asking "what the heck is going on here?", but then I just let myself be swept into the hilarity of this absurdist comedy and enjoyed the rib shaking ride.... full review

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CHRISI TALYN SAJE certified reviewer · June 10, 2015
The energy this cast brings to the stage will get you sitting tall in your seat as you ride with them on this campy comedy! Totally went home and watched Taxi and Who's the Boss. ... full review

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JACQUELINE CLAIRE certified reviewer · June 07, 2015
Delightful! Funny and quirky. Very well executed with an outstanding cast. A Fringe treat! ... full review

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MATTHEW MARTIN · June 12, 2015
As a child of the 70's and 80's, I couldn't have been more excited to see this show. And Matt Richey did not let me down. His cast and crew brought to life such a unique and interesting story about someone we all know and love. Not only that, but the attention to detail regarding Danza's backstory and relationships is so much fun to witness. And to have it all anchored by Luvara's performance and script makes this show easily worth it's ticket price. Definitely a must see!... full review

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CYANNE MCCLAIRIAN · June 13, 2015
SO MUCH FUN!!! Growing up watching "Taxi" & "Who's the Boss" -- this brought me back in time as Luvara's portrayal of Tony Danza is full of depth & heart. And Ritchey's direction is inspired. YAY!... full review

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CHRISTOPHER CARVER · June 13, 2015
tagged as: nostalgic · comedy · 80's · farce
Tony Danza, Judith Light, and the rest of the cast, from the classic sitcom, "Who's the Boss?" are put through the ringer, in this wild and farcical romp, playing at the Complex. Damien Luvara and Summer Shirey, star as the titular actors from the '80s TV show, who are earnestly trying to solve the drought in their acting careers, when they are met by a mob boss, played by Gabriel Rissa, who has big plans to make some money and end their malaise. But the problems quickly arise when Tony and Judith try to maintain their probity in a business, and world, that doesn't care about such things. With adept direction from, Matt Ritchey, and a strong supporting ensemble including Todd Stroik, Krista Conti, Edward Kiniry-Ostro, Lauren Virginia Albert ... full review

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STEVE TROOP certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
This is a great show -- the cast is amazing. Even if you've only seen a couple of episodes of "Who's the Boss?" it's apparent even before the actors are addressed onstage who they're playing -- Damien Luvara's Tony Danza and Summer Shirey's Judith Light especially stand out. Damien's due in part to his uncanny resemblance to Danza (as well as his spot-on characterization) and Shirey has managed to capture so many of the little acting tics and mannerisms that I wasn't even aware that Judith Light did, until I saw it on the stage. It took me a about 10 minutes to understand where the story was going -- I thought it was going to be almost a mock "E! True Hollywood Story" of Tony Danza's life (maybe something you might want to explore for a f... full review

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