Set in an abandoned warehouse in New Jersey, this new play follows a Mafia hitman who is forced to turn on his crime boss brother. More…
Giovanni is a respected "made-man" forced into a difficult position. Torn between love, loyalty and survival, he is asked to give up his crime boss brother as part of a one day immunity deal also known as a "Queen for a Day." 'A Queen for a Day' offers a glimpse into a world where loyalty is prized above all and there is nothing anyone would not do to protect their family.
"A skillfully written, directed, and acted gangland drama set in a deserted warehouse in New Jersey...'A Queen for a Day' is a strong, nicely claustrophobic journey through the criminal underground. The playwright, Mr. Ricigliano, Jr., was a lawyer prior to his drama career, and he weaves a logical argument here. It’s certainly bleak and tragic, a bit more than just melodrama. This critic was happy to leave and walk into the sunlight." Full Review
"'A Queen For A Day' is a great night out for anyone who loves to quote the line 'I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.' It’s even a riveting play about identity and what it means to truly love. You’ll leave the theatre contemplating the real meaning of family and not in a Hallmark Christmas movie way." Full Review
"Miss 'The Sopranos?' Do you hanker for more stories about modern-day wise guys? If so, familiar faces and mobbed-up content can be found at 'A Queen for a Day,' a new drama. The 90-minute play ends abruptly and it would benefit with a coda, but Ricigliano writes some meaty dialogue and the actors chew on it believably." Full Review
"Script is informed and well structured, smoothly delivering exposition through credible dialogue...The director has a tough dynamic to achieve and he deals with that by having his actors yell a lot. He does keep the tension high, however. The plot delivers a couple of satisfying surprises for the audience, but the blunt ending would benefit from a little more stagecraft." Full Review
"A solid production. Ricigliano Jr.’s writing was very tight and well done, and while it felt drawn-out and predictable at times, his plot twists were surprising while still being realistic to the world and plot he created. It’s definitely a production worth seeing, regardless of whether or not you’re a 'Sopranos' fan." Full Review
"When the play finally gets where it's going, or when it attempts to depart from generic expectations and 'gangster tropes,' it isn't all that surprising, largely due to the play's inability to show rather than simply tell...The characters spend so much time shouting at each other that shouting quickly loses any gravitas or fear inducing possibility, and the most effective moments creep in when everyone finally just calms down and listens." Full Review
"It’s not enough to save the flawed writing...Author Michael Ricigliano has written a literate piece, but one that just doesn’t hold together. Director John Gould Rubin compensates by keeping the pace fast and the action sustained, moving his actors around the stage with a deft hand." Full Review
"'A Queen for Day' certainly does not cover new ground. It often feels like a parody of the “bada-bing, bada-bang” brand. The 90 minute show will presumably appeal to followers of the leading men and hard core fans of the mobster genre. But for the rest, you can simply, “Fuggetaboutit.”" Full Review
See it if You like the Sopranos (HBO) - 2 of the actors were on that show. You like being on the edge of your seat with tension, then being surprised.
Don't see it if You don't like thriller-type stage shows and prefer an upbeat musical. You dislike mob/mafia stories.
See it if you love mobster stories. Plenty of familiar tropes out of Sopranos, Godfather, Goodfellas. Well acted and staged, but why was it done?
Don't see it if you're tired of Italian mobsters. QFAD was engaging, but not enlightening. Lots of angry yelling and violence. It wasn't for me.