David Evans on the mandolin also gave the score a warmer feeling.
The use of cloaks and the beginning and end as costumes creates the effect of a curtain for the audience, raising the cover from the shrouded actors to reveal their characters in Scene I.
At the end when they reappear with the cloaks it tells us the “curtain” is closing.
Yes there’s a “single man drought” in the world but these characters were a little over the top. “Funerals Are For Dating” was a poignant number beautifully played and sung by Stefi Di Domenicantonio and Adrian Marchuk.
My companion noticed the people who were leaving at intermission. The very first dating video of Rose Ritz was truly well acted… Again, they utilized more of the performance area and that made it much more interesting.
The restaurant may decide to have them back in a different venue. I definitely would come back to Ciao Bella for a show, or even just dinner.
The food was terrific and the wait staff was polite and thoughtful.
We were sitting way over at stage left and very often had to stretch to see the action.
The director seems to have blocked everything from centre stage, forgetting the seating arrangements of the Segal Centre.
Levey hits just the right chords in “The Very First Dating Video of Rose Ritz.” John Dellaporta and Emily Levey have fantastic chemistry in “A Stud and a Babe” exposing the real thoughts of average people when they are first dating. Dellaporta also deftly characterizes all new fathers in “Whatever Happened to Baby’s Parents? Levey gives a standout portrayal in, “The Lasagna Incident.” All four were hilarious, playing parents, child and ex-girlfriend, in “Now the Parents”.