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John Murrell's translation of Eduardo De Filippo's

Napoli Milionaria!

August 1st - October 19thAvon TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 7 Critics
  • mid 41% of shows in the 2018 season
7 Reviews
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Buzz - Jeff Nelson

Career-defining

“there is so much to praise in director Cimolino’s ensemble it is hard to single out an outstanding performance, but I will try. Over the years, my admiration for the acting brilliance of Tom McCamus has grown. Yet, here in “Napoli Milionaria!,” he has really hit his mark in what could be a career-defining stage characterization of the highest order.”

Read Full Review09/03/2018

Stage Door - Christopher Hoile

A must-see play

“Although it opened last in the Festival’s schedule of openings, Napoli milionaria! now becomes the must-see play of the Stratford Festival season. The richness of its realist portrayal of everyday life in Naples in the 1940s is amazing in its complexity of characters, storylines, imagery and emotions. Dominating everything is Tom McCamus’s magnificent portrayal of the play’s central character Gennaro, which alone is reason enough to see this fascinating work.”

Read Full Review08/28/2018

Stratford Beacon Herald - Steve Rice

Thought-provoking – and hilarious

“The enduring value of this dramatic comedy might just be that audiences are challenged to consider the fragility of social structures and how those who hold the reins of power can influence morality.

Veteran actors Tom McCamus and Brigit Wilson give this production its footing with outstanding performances in the lead roles.”

Read Full Review08/24/2018

Broadway World - Lauren Gienow

Haunted by Tom McCamus

“I am still haunted by Tom McCamus’ portrayal of a broken Gennaro sitting quietly, hunched over, seemingly becoming smaller and smaller as the party around him erupts. This image of people being willfully blind to the pain and suffering happening around them is heartbreaking but also incredibly relevant in the world we live in. …

In addition to beautiful performances, this play boasts a stunning set designed by Julie Fox. The entire play takes place in the family home, which changes considerably from one Act to the next to reflect the financial status of the family. “

Read Full Review08/24/2018

Capital Critics' Circle - Jamie Portman

Finely tuned

“It’s a play afloat in contradictions. It is not prepared to judge — but to say that it seeks to understand these flawed characters is not to say that it forgives.

Cimolino’s production, finely tuned to the moral ambiguities of the story, also seeks to examine a particular culture at a particular moment in history — and most importantly — to convey a sense of community, of a warm, vibrant, bustling life. And this world is given further substance and validity by Julie Fox’s costumes and setting, Michael Walton’s lighting and Thomas Ryder Payne’s soundscape.”

Read Full Review08/24/2018

The Toronto Star - Carly Maga

A loving testament to an Italian writer

” locating the story entirely within the Iovine family home, it also virtually eliminates the context that drives the characters to their supposed moral depravity, primarily that of Gennaro’s wife Amalia (Brigit Wilson) who, through her connection with Errico (Michael Blake), sources black-market food for her neighbours for a marked-up price. Gennaro, a First World War veteran, disapproves but doesn’t intervene…

This Stratford season looks at the implications of the pursuit of freedom, and the black-and-white morality of Napoli Milionaria! feels like an unexpected tone to close on, especially since its marketing places it squarely in the realm of comedy. Cimolino delivers a loving testament to a beloved Italian writer who is relatively unknown in Canada — if only he had saved some of that empathy for all of Eduardo De Filippo’s characters.”

Read Full Review08/20/2018

The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck

An intriguing curiosity

“If Cimolino’s production ultimately only makes the case for Napoli Milionaria! as an intriguing curiosity rather than a world classic worthy of its exclamation point, regular visitors to the Stratford Festival will nevertheless jump at the opportunity to see an international playwright off their beaten path.

Read Full Review08/21/2018

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