‘Italian American Reconciliation’ showcases Shanley’s lighter side at Scripps Ranch Theatre

Jan 16, 2020 471

BY: James Hebert

John Patrick Shanley is still best-known for his deeply dramatic, Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Doubt,” as well as his Oscar-winning script for the movie “Moonlighting.” But 1988’s “Italian American Reconciliation” showcases an early-career Shanley’s comic voice, as he brings an almost operatic tone to this saga of ruptured romance.

In its review of the play’s original off-Broadway production, the New York Times called the work a “slice of sometimes gooey, sometimes piquant, always moonlit romanticism, Italian-American-style.” Charles Peters directs Rhiannon McAfee, Marco Kengott, John DeCarlo, Lynnia Shanley and Gina Marie Cioffi in the work’s Scripps Ranch Theatre revival, which opens this weekend.

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