Philosophy For Gangsters OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
February 4, 2014
Closing:
March 2, 2014

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

Synopsis: 

Mafia heiress Callie Rizzoli has a lot on her plate. A street gang is fighting to take over her territory. She wants to make someone pay for her parents’ deaths. To top it off, she and the philosopher she’s kidnapped are lifted to top slot on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. A clever, provocative comedy about ideas and messy deaths.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Philosophy For Gangsters

    A Mafia Princess Fights the Inevitable. In ‘Philosophy for Gangsters,’ Ideas Are Deadly

    Daniel M. Gold

    February 12, 2014: In Philosophy for Gangsters, a fitfully amusing dark comedy, Callie Rizzoli, a college-educated Mafia princess being groomed to lead the family business, is particularly aggrieved by the way her parents and brothers have departed — in a firefight with the police, shrugging that they were always meant to die that way. What killed her people, Callie (Courtney Romano) insists, was their determinism: the belief that nothing occurs at random, that every decision and action is the inevitable outcome of previous events. Never mind the mob; those damn philosophers are the true menace to society.

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  • THEATER PIZZAZZ REVIEW OF Philosophy For Gangsters

    Philosophy For Gangsters – Clever Idea, Flawed Production

    Alix Cohen

    February 10, 2014: “New Jersey, relatively contemporarily.” The Don (Bruno Iannone)-cue theme to The Godfather- has decided to “optimize” his organization by handing over second-in-command to the only member of the family who isn’t stupid, niece and MBA, Callie (Courtney Romano.) Callie has the intellectual tools of the Ivy League, the commitments to so-called necessary violence and family of a mafia princess, and the colloquial-peppered accent New Joisey. (Most of the rest of the cast don’t try.)

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  • THEATERLIFE.COM REVIEW OF Philosophy For Gangsters

    Philosophy for Gangsters

    Paulanne Simmons

    February 12, 2014: Sublimely ridiculous, Philosophy for Gangsters tells the story of a group of mobsters who come to the conclusion they are the victims of determinist philosophy, capture a professor of philosophy and try to start a revolution by massacring select individuals. Written and directed by Liz Peak and Barry Peak, the show features Courtney Romano as Callie Rizzoli, the orphaned Mafia heiress; Tom White as Willie May, the befuddled professor; Bruno Iannone as Callieʼs uncle, the Don; and David Demato and Tally Sessions as Callieʼs cohorts, Eddie and Luther.

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