Hurry to see “Made in Italy,” a month-long Arts Club comedy on the theater company’s Granville Island stage in Vancouver, through April 17.
Farren Timoteo’s hilarious one-man show is a coming-of-age musical that offers myriad laughs about family, food, music and Italian immigrant life in rural Jasper, Alberta.
The ultra-talented Timoteo plays multiple roles, including patriarch Salvatore Mantini and his teenage son, Francesco, who struggles as a 1970s high school underdog. Inspired by the movie character “Rocky”, the disco sounds of “Saturday Night Fever” and an encounter with an Italian lady of the night, he finds his voice as a club singer trying to hit the big time on TV , like Franck Martin.
Salvatore’s character is at the heart of the play, with his love of food and dining, endless bad jokes, stretching the truth about his trip to Canada by boat and berating his son for not living up to his high expectations. .
With springy energy and quick-change artistry, Timoteo also plays various family members in the musical, dances up a storm on the family dinner table, and had Wednesday’s opening night audience laughing with jokes that will particularly strike children from immigrant families.
Ultimately, the musical offers a heartwarming story of a father and son who find each other despite their differences.
Commissioned by Western Canada Theatre, “Made In Italy” debuted in 2016 and recently performed at the Aquarius Theater in Hamilton. In Vancouver, the show was postponed from earlier this year due to COVID-19.
Tickets start at $35 for the race on the Granville Island stage. For show times and other details, visit artsclub.com. Special show dates include Sunday Salon (March 27, 2 p.m.), Tuesday Talkback (April 5, 7:30 p.m.) and VocalEye Performance (April 10, 2 p.m.).
Besides Timoteo, the show’s creative team includes Daryl Cloran (Director), Rachel Peake (Associate Director), Laura Krewski (Original Choreographer), Cory Sincennes (Set Designer), Cindy Wiebe (Costume Designer), Conor Moore (Lighting Designer), Mishelle Cuttler (sound design), Celeste English (associate lighting designer), Christine Leroux (stage manager) and Jessica Bournival (apprentice stage manager).
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