Mambo Italiano by Steve Galluccio

By Steve Galluccio

Mambo Italiano achieves its overwhelming energy via an ideal stability of fast paced comedy and poignant drama. Angelo, on the prompting of his both repressed sister Anna, has instructed his very characteristically Italian immigrant mom and dad, Maria and Gino, that he's homosexual. damage, betrayed and mortified through Angelo’s popping out, his lover Nino isn't really unprepared for his widowed Italian mom Lina’s reaction—a full-on operatic barrage of melodrama and hysterical extra so profound it supplies even Angelo’s surprised mom and dad pause for moment options and activates a hilarious and touching re-evaluation in their personal outraged reaction to their son. Seeing their courting shattered by way of their households’ reactions of grotesquely overplayed comedy and pathos, Angelo emerges from the drama along with his new-found satisfaction intact, whereas Nino retreats even additional into the darkness of his bisexual closet.

While the clicking has referred to as the movie model of Mambo Italiano “a homosexual My massive fats Greek Wedding,” there's way more at paintings within the play than the zealous mining of Italian immigrant family members and homosexual tradition stereotypes. Translated by way of Michel Tremblay, its large fan, right into a wildly winning Francophone theatrical phenomenon, Mambo Italiano is way extra in regards to the dynamics of family members, in regards to the gigantic areas among the previous global and the hot, approximately greedy the resonant codes embedded in what's stated and what's intended in usual speech, than it truly is “about” homosexual tradition. In possibly the play’s so much defining scene, the parish priest has been bribed with a bottle of wine and a carton of cigarettes to vacate his confessional so it may be occupied by means of the contributors of Angelo’s family members to ritually unburden themselves in their hilarious sins of private hypocrisy, willful misapprehension and inconsiderate transgression.

Cast of 4 girls and 3 men.

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