ABOUT OUR ANNUAL DINNER THEATRE
With sadness but out of an abundance of concern for public health, the Edge Ensemble has decided to cancel its production of "Italian American Reconciliation." Rapid developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 have led the cast, crew, and board members of the Edge Ensemble to make the difficult decision to postpone.
We hope to be able to present this funny and heartwarming play in the near future. Thank you for your support, and please stay safe!
Our next production, March 13-15 and 19-22, will be Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley, and it is a delightful romantic comedy, full of whimsy and wisdom. AND, we are very excited to be bringing back our ANNUAL DINNER THEATRE fundraiser along with this lovely production on SATURDAY, MARCH 14, which will, of course, feature an Italian style feast! Tickets are $60 per person, and MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. You can even purchase an entire table of 8 for friends or colleagues for $480. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Call 603-352-5657 or email or send a message from the "contact us" section of this website to purchase your tickets and make your menu selections. If you have not been to one of our dinner theatre evenings before, here is what you can expect!
Arrive at 6:00 PM for an antipasto consisting of butter and fresh bread, cheese, crackers, artichoke hearts, sweet peppers, grapes, olives, etc.
6:30 Soup Course
Select in advance, either Minestrone or Italian Wedding soup or Pasta Fagioli
6:50 Main course
Select in advance, either Pasta Carbonara or Baked Ziti with Meatballs or Veggie Lasagna
Intermission - Select from an array of Italian desserts
There will be water, coffee, and tea available to drink. You will also be able to purchase wine, beer, and sodas at our cash bar!
It is a truly wonderful evening! You don't want to miss it so purchase your tickets now!
ABOUT THE STORY
Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano has a problem! While he is safely divorced from his shrewish first wife, Janice, who shot his dog and even took a bead on him, he feels he cannot regain his “manhood” until he woos and wins her one more time—if only to put his broken marriage behind him once and for all. He enlists the aid of his lifelong buddy, Aldo Scalicki, a confirmed bachelor who tries, without apparent success, to convince Huey that he would be better off sticking with his new lady friend, Teresa, a usually placid young waitress whose indignation flares when she learns what Huey is up to. In a moonlit balcony scene, Aldo pleads his lovesick friend’s case and, to his astonishment, Janice capitulates—although not for long. However we do learn that her earlier abuse of Huey was intended to make him “act like a man” which, at last, he does. And, more than that, he (and the audience) become aware that, in the final essence, “the greatest—and only—success is to be able to love"—a truth which emerges delightfully from the heartwarming, wonderfully antic and always imaginatively conceived action of the play.
ABOUT THE PLAY
A fanciful, lighthearted and zestfully comic exploration of male/female relationships, and the sometimes unsettling (and very funny) complications that can ensue. An award-winning success in its initial production in Los Angeles, the play was subsequently presented by New York’s famed Manhattan Theatre Club as well. “He writes wonderful Runyonesque dialogue—a sort of gritty, downtown version of sparkling drawing-room comedy—and highly rhetorical speeches that are fun to hear, because actors love to perform them.” —The New Yorker. “Ultimately Shanley is telling us a tall tale but he does it with so much humor, so much winsome charm that it is almost irresistible.” —NY Daily News. “…bathed in the same moonlit madness that gave his Moonstruck screenplay its savor and flavor…A lovely play.” —NY Post. (Moonstruck was released in 1988 and was nominated for six Oscars, winning for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Cher), and Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis). Don't miss our delightful production of Italian American Reconciliation, directed by Kim Dupuis and featuring the spot-on acting talents of Damien Licata as Aldo Scalicki, Mark DiPietro as Huey Maximillian Bonfigliano, Grace Johnson as Teresa, Charlotte Traas as Janice, and Cynthia Rodier as Aunt May!