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"Breaking Legs"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Granite Theatre's current show. "Breaking Legs" is a comedy where the worlds of the Mafia and theatre clash hilariously when a professor/playwright seeks funding for his new play from the family of a former student. The "family'' turns out to be three Mafia godfathers and the lusty, unwed daughter, the former student, is hot after the professor. When the playwright learns about the ''accidental'' killing of a thug associate, his bubble is burst when he finds out his backers are gangsters. This madcap comedy is wonderfully performed with insightful direction and blocking by Arthur Pignataro, making it a must see show of this season.

Arthur casts all the roles wonderfully with each performer capturing the essence of their character and he also runs the lighting and sound for the show. David Jepson constructed the gorgeous restaurant set perfectly while stage manager, Morgan Ban Draoi keeps things running smoothly all night long with the multitude of props especially the food props. The hoodlum costumes are by Beth Jepson. Leading the cast is Sonny Dufault as Mike Francisco, the Italian enforcer. He is perfect in this role as the gangster with stomach problems who can't eat or drink anything but constantly does. Sonny's delivery of his lines and expert facial expressions are hysterical with one of his funniest lines being when he mixes up urology with eulogy. Wonderful performance.

Bruce Celico plays the Italian restaurant owner, Lou who wants to invest in the show because all the opening night spotlights, Katie Couric and bimbos will be on his arm. He does a great job as the impatient father who wants to get his only daughter married but is very picky about her beaus. Bruce garners many laughs along the way in this role. The other Mafia thug, Tino is played by Michael Jepson. He does a splendid job in this role. Michael stops the show when he utters reading the play made his blood run cold because of the playwright's graphic murder scenes in his play. He has a gun in his pants all night long and it falls out at curtain call but he doesn't miss a beat, picking it up as if it were planned. The two young lovers in this show are played by Soshana Dos and Brian Olsen. Soshana plays the strong willed and sexy, Angie perfectly. She makes the three Mafia dons do her bidding throughout the show and especially in the closing scene when she runs roughshod over them. Her seduction scene of Terrence is hilarious when he gives her a foot massage, with her moaning in orgasmic delight while he watches the thug being abducted and beaten in the back alley. Brian does a wonderful job as the serious hard working professor who finally stands up to the hoodlums when they want to rewrite his play into the "Student Prince" or add a fat niece playing the accordion to the script. He has a comic drunken scene in the second act when Angie convinces him that he truly loves her, sweeping her off her feet and carrying her in the backroom of the restaurant to have his way with her. The professor tries to bargain with the hoods but it is Angie's strength that saves the day. Rounding out the cast as the nervous thug, Frankie Salvucci is Michael Chiaradio. He tries to smooth talk his way out of paying the hoodlums off and is dealt with severely. Michael makes the most of his stage time in this small but memorable role. So for a hilarious night out, go see "Breaking Legs" in Westerly, you won't be disappointed.

"Breaking Legs" (14 - 7 October)
GRANITE THEATRE
@ 1 Granite Street, , WESTERLY RI
1(401)596-2341

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