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I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through Nov. 2. Click here for more information on the production.
GYTN = Get You Tickets Now. Playhouse has a hit on its hands and tickets will quickly disappear as the word gets out.
Antoinette LaVecchia is amazing as Giulia in this hilarious one-woman show. She is so believable and genuine in the role, that it’s easy to forget you are watching a play. Opening night, LeVecchia had the audience eating out of her hand, if you’ll pardon the pun. Even with seating on three sides of the stage, she deftly manages to make the entire audience feel included in this mostly one-sided conversation. A few unscripted moments were smartly handled by the actress without missing a beat.
If names like Abe Vigoda, Charles Nelson Riley and Nadia Comaneci, leave you shrugging your shoulders, a few of the pop culture references may be “before your time,” but they are only a small fraction of the laughs in the show.
Director Rob Ruggiero deserves equal credit for the quality of the production. The whole experience is so natural it would be easy to overlook his excellent work. Also kudos to set designer John Coyne for bringing a working kitchen to the stage.
One very small quibble. I understand the practicality of having her “guests” at four small tables for two, but if they were really visiting her home, they would all be together at one big table.
I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI is an instant personal favorite and a production I’ll remember with a smile for a long time to come. Definitely not to be missed.
My rating: 5 out of 5
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