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"Scapino"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Bishop Hendricken Arts Program's current show is "Scapino" written by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale which is an adaptation of Moliere's 1671 comedy "The Trickeries of Scapin". The show is an Italian commedia dell'arte-inspired farce about a servant named Scapino and his wily attempts to help two lovers, despite parental opposition, raise 700,000 lira and avenge his name, all while avoiding the wrath of two angry fathers. The fast paced farce has a cast of 45 and opens with "Amore" while the whole cast dances and lip sincs the song. Directed by Brian Cordeiro, he had his cast running throughout the theatre in this madcap romp of a show. Many slapstick routines and pratfalls are hilarious and the talented cast is brilliant in their roles. The multitude of costumes are by Mrs. Janice Nagle while the unit set and technical direction are by Brother John Kiernan. This show is high energy from start to finish and these young people do a dynamite job pulling the show off.

Playing the crafty and wily servant, Scapino is Danny Molloy. He is a whirling dervish in this role, capturing the essence of this lovable trickster. He tricks the two fathers into giving him huge sums of money to rescue his sons from peril especially funny is where he tricks Geronte to climb into a huge burlap sack while impersonating pirates, Chinamen and a British army. (He beats poor Geronte with an enormous stuffed sausage.) His final number is done to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" while Danny is clad in a shirt open to his navel as the cast dances around him. Bravo on a topnotch performance.

 Joe Fielding is a very funny as Scapino's faithful companion, Sylvestro especially in the scene where he wears a black wig as a money-hungry gangster who threatens the other father, Argante into letting his son, Ottavio stay married to the gangster's supposed sister, Giacinta. Doing a great job is Graham Duff as Ottavio who begs Scapino to help him stayed married to the constantly laughing blonde haired bimbo, Giacinta wonderfully played by Sarah Pacitti who reminds you of Miss Adelaide from "Guys and Dolls" with her high pitched voice and laugh. Ottavio's father, Argante is well played by James Patefield who dyed his blond hair black with a patch of gray in the front. He storms around the stage with his cane ranting and raving and throws water in the waiters face several times. Sean Flaherty is a hoot as the Godfather of Naples, Geronte. His first lines can't be understood because his mouth is stuffed with cotton so he sounds like Marlon Brando which is hilarious. Sean flings Danny around the stage when he tells him that his son, Leandro has been kidnapped by pirates and they are demanding 500,000 lira from him. The sack scene is also hilarious as Sean trembles in fear while Scapino is supposedly talking to all these evil villains. Leandro is wonderfully played by Davis Alianello who energetically beats up Scapino with a stuffed sausage. His love interest, Zerbinetta who has a wild wig on her head is beautifully played by Mirah Sand who accidentally spills the beans to Geronte about Scapino scamming him out of money. Mixed up identities and other wacky situations abound.  The slapstick waiters and waitress are excellently played by Domenic Dion, John Ryan-Henry, Ward Pettibone (who has wild blond hair like Harpo Marx) and Annalisa Carmosino. So for a trip back to Naples and a fun filled frolic, be sure to catch "Scapino" and the talented 45 member cast who shine in their roles whether they are singing or dancing. Also Nicole Mattiello who plays Mama Leone in the show telling everyone to leave the theatre to get their refreshments from her parents who run Pranzi Catering and they supply the cannolis, pizza, calazones and other Italian refreshments before the show and at intermission.

"Scapino" (9 - 11 November)
BISHOP HENDRICKEN HIGH SCHOOL
2615 Warwick Avenue, WARWICK RI
1 (401)739-3450 ext. 172

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