How Alfo Learned To Love
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How Alfo Learned To Love

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59E59 Theaters presents a romantic comedy about an Italian-American playboy who must find true love or lose the family's Italian bakery to his married sister.

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Critic Reviews (8)

Talkin' Broadway
December 21st, 2015

"Individual scenes strung together do not make for a complete play, and what should be as light as a sliver of Italian pastry carries with it the burden of too many plot threads, so that the cumulative effect is like that of having eaten an entire plateful of cannoli. Lots of delicious bites, but, really, it is too much to try to digest all of those empty calories at once."
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TheaterScene.net
December 24th, 2015

"There is a lot of heart behind this story. Walker has brought to life a group of characters who are quirky and lovable, and in the end it really feels like a family affair...This redemption story about learning to love is a rollicking good time. Backed by strong performances and direction, a slick and consistent pace, and an entertaining script which sticks to a winning formula, nary a soul is likely to leave this theater without a smile."
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Stage Buddy
December 21st, 2015

"A remarkably gifted ensemble cast that makes a relatively thin, overly familiar story seem richly appointed and, at moments, quite moving...The cast’s agility allows one to overlook some deficiencies in the script and production. Amelio’s plotting can be a bit sluggish...But those are mere quibbles. Everything considered, 'Alfo' is very enjoyable company."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
December 20th, 2015

"This lightweight Italian-American soup of stereotypes and verbal clichés, may...make you think of 'Moonstruck,'...if only to 'Alfo'’s detriment. 'How Alfo Learned to Love'...actually contains some appealing material; surprisingly, though, considering all the actors with vowel-ending names—except for the pleasant but miscast Mr. Thom—the production rarely succeeds in realizing it. Some actors underplay, others are too broad, and the comic style never coalesces."
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The Huffington Post
December 21st, 2015

"Things are certainly unsurprising for anyone who recalls even the merest 'Moonstruck' details. But as is often the case with predictable plots, how the playwright gets there can be more than enough to keep the interest. Amelio does a smooth job of it, and there are impressive contributions from director and the cast."
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W
December 21st, 2015

"What saves the piece from complete cliché and frankly makes one expect more from Playwright Vincent Amelio, are several malaprop speeches by Tony and the wonderfully imaginative description of the purgatory...Director Daisy Walker does a yeoman-like job...We’re kind of in 'Moonstruck' territory without the quirky, well defined characters. There’s talent here, but too much that’s stock."
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Z
December 21st, 2015

"Director Daisy Walker deserves plaudits for kneading everything together nicely...Could the production have been leavened further? Certainly Grandpa’s incessant over-the-shoulder advice from The Great Beyond gradually grew old. And the steady stream of cultural cliches occasionally threatened to veer off into Olive Garden ad parody. Ultimately, however, I learned to like 'How Alfo Learned to Love.'"
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Village Voice
December 22nd, 2015

"'How Alfo Learned to Love' is about as satisfying as cold pizza...the premise is as soggy as old cannoli...Making matters worse is a conceit that has the grandfather feeding Alfo his love lines, which the baker instantly echoes more or less verbatim...Audience members might fee they're trapped in a theater on East 59th Street."
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