Love, Italian-American Style

Feb 28, 2014 944

by John Quinn

If we were to believe poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Miles Standish, military advisor to the Plymouth Colony, was smitten with the lovely Pilgrim maid, Pricilla Mullen. Rather than woo her himself, he sent his roommate, John Alden, to speak to her on his behalf. Bad move. John also loves Pricilla and the love triangle takes some familiar turns.

While there are elements in common between "The Courtship of Miles Standish" and John Patrick Shanley's "Italian American Reconciliation," the latter turns the Puritan sensibilities of the narrative poem into broad comedy. In performance at The Box Theater in Mt. Clemens, "Reconciliation" is a light-hearted look at loves lost and won.

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