Pizza and Whine

comedy · cappricielli productions · Ages 13+ · family friendly · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by JULIA LISA

June 07, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

This slice of real life, performed by the actual family who lived it, memorialized the long night the 4 cousins paused their busy separate lives and came together before their grandmother’s funeral. With the realization of death and loss they evaluate their own lives, choices, and mistakes.

Their beautiful song tribute at the end of the show was the highlight moment, I would have loved more songs from these Long Island angels.

Great venue for this show! It felt like a New York apartment.

What I didn't like

The set up of this story was that they needed to rehearse their songs for the service the next day, I think they could have don’t more with that by adding songs through out the show to help emote the pain or struggle each character felt instead of just having the monologues. There could have also been the added conflict of not being able to work together (musically) and then at the end nailing those 4 part harmonies would have been an even bigger pay off! I hope they continue to develop this tribute further.

I would have also like there to be real liquid in their glasses.

My overall impression

A beautiful tribute to a beloved woman, mother, and grandmother! The biggest challenge for actors is playing themselves. It can be very personal and vulnerable. It is very brave to put yourself out there like that.

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