Dinner With the Boys OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Joan Marcus
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 4, 2015
    Closing:
    July 5, 2015

    Theater: Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    "Dinner with the Boys" is the deliciously hilarious new comedy starring Dan Lauria ("The Wonder Years," Lombardi), Ray Abruzzo ("The Sopranos") and Richard Zavaglia ("Donnie Brasco"). When two wise guys from the old neighborhood, Charlie (Lauria) and Dom (Zavaglia), find themselves at odds with the Family, they must serve up perfectly seasoned performances with their puttanesca to escape danger. This odd couple await their fate as they prepare dinner for their special guests. It's an evening filled with belly laughs, killer plot twists and plenty of garlic. The only question remaining – will this dinner be their last meal?

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Dinner With the Boys

    At ‘Dinner With the Boys,’ a Serving of Mafia Jokes

    Ken Jaworowski

    May 6, 2015: A taste for shtick is all but required to enjoy “Dinner With the Boys” at the Acorn Theater. And since this cast is eager to mug, an appetite for ham wouldn’t hurt either. Charlie, a Mafia hit man, and Dom, a Mafia cook, have been holed up in a rural New Jersey house for months, awaiting punishment for a botched job. In between preparing juicy meals, they tell old tales and worry about their futures. Big Anthony Jr., the head of the family, later arrives to announce their fates, setting off a series of twists. Manic energy and hokey humor abounds – one man hits another over the head with a zucchini; the lights dim when scary stories are told – as does some gross-out talk of past murders. The play had its world premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Theater in Long Branch late last year. In that intimate theater, the groan-worthy wisecracks were delivered in a just-us tone; even jokes that fell flat were forgivable.

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