A two act comedic drama
March 6th-April 26th, 2009
Written and Directed by Richard Edwin Knipe, Jr.
Performed by the New York Dramadies Company
Produced by Robin Phillips
Jake (Giacomo) Montalto, a man in his late forties, flashes back to a Bronx summer in 1970 to help him overcome a present day crisis in his life.
Audiences will take a comedic walk through Bronx funeral homes, street corner Italian clubs and hot summer weekends on Orchard Beach while becoming deeply involved with Jake, and the fate of his sixteen-year-old daughter.
New York City Reviews Are In!
“Schooling Giacomo” is a wonderfully realized memory play that reminds us how family imprints itself on our lives.
Playwright-director Richard Edwin Knipe Jr. and an exemplary cast deliver a tender but well-seasoned comedy drama in Schooling Giacomo.
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“Schooling Giacomo is an ambitious and successful effort that chooses Neil Simon rather than Tony Soprano as its guide.”
“Schooling Giacomo could easily dissolve into a damp tissue of over-the-top ethnic bathos but Knipe’s ensemble is rich with understanding and love”.
“While you laugh and cry – with much more laughter than tears – you’ll remember who taught you the important lessons of life.” -Bob Heisler of The Journal News
“When there’s a production by Richard Edwin Knipe, Jr., winner of a half a dozen top playwright accolades, rest assured, it will be excellent.”
“Can you find a better evening out anywhere than Schooling Giacomo? Fugetaboutit!” -Jonathon Kruck….Putnam County News
“Humor and Tragedy coexist with extraordinary simultaneity and spontaneity”
“Giacomo is schooled with wit and pathos” -James Cotter of the
Times Herald Record