Napoli, Brooklyn OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 27, 2017
    Closing:
    September 3, 2017

    Theater: Laura Pels Theatre / 111 West 46th Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    In 1960 Brooklyn, the Muscolinos have raised three proud and passionate daughters. But as the girls come of age in a rapidly changing world, their paths diverge—in drastic and devastating ways—from their parents’ deeply traditional values. Despite their fierce love, each young woman harbors a secret longing that, if revealed, could tear the family apart. When an earth-shattering event rocks their Park Slope neighborhood, life comes to a screeching halt and the Muscolino sisters are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future in this gripping, provocative portrait of love in all its danger and beauty.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Napoli, Brooklyn

    Napoli, Brooklyn

    Jesse Green

    June 27, 2017: Three sisters, no matter how theatrical, are not always yearning for Moscow. Sometimes, as in Meghan Kennedy’s “Napoli, Brooklyn,” which opened on Tuesday in a Roundabout Theater Company production, they yearn for France. Or just New Jersey. Francesca Muscolino, the 16-year-old daughter of Neapolitan immigrants, is no highborn Chekhovian sophisticate. She lives in a tenement apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where she’s grown up sharing a bed with her older sisters. Still, Francesca aches to bust out as fiercely as all those Prozorov girls put together. And no wonder. An emergent lesbian in 1960, she has enraged her father, Nic, by chopping her hair into a patchy helmet; he calls her “disgusting.” He also threatens to cut her throat out — “and then we will arm wrestle to see who gets to eat it.”

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