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THE ITALIAN IN ME AT THE GLOBE PLAYHOUSE
By Mark Share
03/20/2006


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THE ITALIAN IN ME at the Globe Playhouse. Dina Morrone fast engages the audience with her one-woman show; she’s likable and funny in her story of a sexy would-be starlet who ventures, from the care of her Italian immigrant grandparents in rural Canada, to Rome in search of stardom. In the year and a half since I saw Morrone in a workshop version of this show, she has wonderfully enhanced and connected the main scenes with themes dealing with fertility, mortality, and the Italian in her. Still intact are Morrone’s formidable acting and vocal skills. The old-world ambience (albeit English) of the Globe Playhouse makes an effective space for her nave wonder at the charm of Rome. Peter Flood’s direction highlights Morrone’s attractiveness and energy. As with the best comedy, there is a hint of sadness in her story of a lost chance to work with Federico Fellini and in her Nonna’s warning about chickens that grow too old to lay eggs. As with the best storytelling, Morrone pays sharp attention to detail, whether describing the beheading of a chicken or her experiences at the hands and worse of Italian men young and old.

Recommended. The Globe Playhouse. 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood, 90036. Extended. Final performance 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2006. 323-960-552

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