In her bilingual musical for young adults, Simona Rodano breaks artistic boundaries while tackling a topic of importance and poignancy. One well-worn cliché where adventurous artists are concerned centers on how they “follow their own muse.” But Simona Rodano is far more driven than that. Working within the four disciplines of music, theater, envir...

Festa Della Donna, a celebration of Italian-American women, is slated for the Laurie Beechman Theatre Saturday March 7th. The event, in honor of International Women's Month, pays tribute to their contributions to the arts and features an accomplished lineup of female Italian-American performers spanning the genres of music, comedy and dance. Festa...

He’s been called the “hottest comic in America” — and now there’s no denying he’s wildly popular in Windsor. Sebastian Maniscalco’s upcoming shows at Caesars Windsor on May 15 and 16 have sold out so completely that the Chicago-born stand-up comedian has added a third show on May 16. Caesars Windsor described the adding of a third show as “unpreced...

Commedia dell’arte maestro Antonio Fava will present a two-day workshop and a brand-new one-man show in Chicago in February. The visit will be hosted by Laughing Stock Theatre, a newly formed “Chicago-style” commedia dell’arte company fresh off a summer studying in Italy with Fava. The legendary teacher, actor, director and mask-maker will perform...

February is ostensibly (at least according to Hallmark) the month of love. If you want to do something differently romantic for Valentine’s Day, you might want to catch “Italian American Reconciliation” at Scripps Ranch Theatre, which only runs through Feb. 16. When the one-act premiered in 1988, it was subtitled “A Folk Tale,” which gives leeway w...

The writer of “A Bronx Tale,” a touring Broadway musical coming next week to the Orpheum Theater, says the show endures because everybody can relate to it. Chazz Palminteri originally wrote the piece as a semiautobiographical one-man play about his childhood in the Bronx. When he was a young boy, he witnessed a shooting after two men were fighting...

Isabella Rossellini, the daughter of Swedish-born film legend Ingrid Bergman and Italian film director Roberto Rossellini, has spent her life in the spotlight. She’s been in the public eye from her birth in 1952, all through her career as an actress and model to today, at age 67, as she has once again reshaped her identity and is a traveling lectur...

Thursday, February 20 at 8PM. Whitefire Theatre. 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423. Ticket: $20.00. Click here for tickets. Written and performed by Toni Perrotta. Artfully directed by and developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson. Premiering in Solofest at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. THE LARGEST SOLO FESTIVAL ON THE WEST COAST !!!!!...

Who doesn't like getting up dressed up and going to a fun-filled wedding Italian wedding! Now you can go and help out a great cause. Totally Buffalo is putting on a version of Tony 'N Tina's wedding at Pearl Street and all the proceeds will be used for their Hope For The Holidays non-profit. According to their post, you will be in for one wild nigh...

Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury is staging the world premiere of “Love and Spumoni,” running Thursday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb. 23. The equity production has many local ties to the area. Actor Maria Baratta, who plays Mary Lou, is originally from Waterbury. The story itself is based on students at Waterbury’s Sacred Heart High School. Playwr...