ISBN-10:
0822205793
ISBN-13:
9780822205791
Pub. Date:
10/01/1989
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Italian American Reconciliation

Italian American Reconciliation

by John Patrick Shanley

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Overview

Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano has a problem: While he is safely divorced from his shrewish first wife, Janice, who shot his dog and even took a bead on him, he feels he cannot regain his "manhood" until he woos and wins her one more time�if only to put his broken marriage behind him once and for all. He enlists the aid of his lifelong buddy, Aldo Scalicki, a confirmed bachelor who tries, without apparent success, to convince Huey that he would be better off sticking with his new lady friend, Teresa, a usually placid young waitress whose indignation flares when she learns what Huey is up to. In a moonlit balcony scene (hilariously reminiscent of Cyrano de Bergerac) Aldo pleads his lovesick friend's case and, to his astonishment, Janice capitulates�although not for long. However we do learn that her earlier abuse of Huey was intended to make him "act like a man" which, at last, he does. And, more than that, he (and the audience) become aware that, in the final essence, "the greatest�and only�success is to be able to love"�a truth which emerges delightfully from the heartwarming, wonderfully antic and always imaginatively conceived action of the play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822205791
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/1989

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