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Napoli, Brooklyn

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

The Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness set in 1960s Brooklyn. More…

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.


Member Reviews (277)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
76
Avg Score

71
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you like a period piece with a message. Decent acting.

Don't see it if slow at some points, if you have a heart condition, at one point you will be scared out of your wits!

75
Intense, Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Epic

See it if Daughters and wife struggle to cope with violent repressive father. Period setting is well done. Big surprise at the end of act one.

Don't see it if There is no subtlety. Characters are one dimensional. Themes are preached. Father is mean. Women learn to assert themselves.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Great combination of script and reality. (I remember it well) Reminds one of A View From the Bridge. Acting very good.. A 90 and an 85

Don't see it if see it

74
Disappointing, Slow, Absorbing, Good acting, Ambitious

See it if Kennedy's dysfunctional Brooklyn family, Italian style. Furious but unharnessed talent on display Overall good acting helps smooth edges

Don't see it if A mid-play calamity does little to ease Kennedy's operatic mis-en-scene; actually almost sinking it under all the "kitchen-sinkness"

82
Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like sagas with violent fathers, daughters finding themselves, mothers trying to make sense of a changing world & a historical event

Don't see it if you find family stories from the early '60's to be predictable, subtle depictions of lesbianism and interracial friendships disturb you

Also The staging is amazing, particularly with the game changing surprise a... Read more Read less

71
Formula for rich italian sauce/take mixture of ingredients & stir/not enough to turn this italian-american play into a rich theatrical vehicle

See it if slice of life dysfunctional first gen Italian-American family in 1960 brought to life by some lovely performances

Don't see it if play's ingredients/abusive old world father, suffering mother/kids not cohere theatrically; pales vs. View from Bridge Ital'n-Amer'n tragedy

88
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you want to sit at the dinner table of an Italian family in the 1960's to ride the highs and lows they face in our ever-changing world.

Don't see it if you are bothered by family squabbles, cultural differences and unexpected loud shattering moments.

73
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining for the most part, but dragged at times. seemed long.

See it if You are curious to see a family drama about Brooklyn in 1960. Lots of issues being addressed. Too many in fact.

Don't see it if The acting is good but the play itself is not that great. Although it is basically entertaining it is also somewhat slow.

Also Spoiler alert: One truly shocking and upsetting moment that could be f... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Slow, Feel like something was missing

See it if It about a family living going thru problems of day to day living. Parts are funny.

Don't see it if Not a musical, no dancing. Normal stage, like bedroom, kitchen.

69
Inconsistent acting, Disappointing, Intelligent, Banal

See it if if you like family dramas.

Don't see it if Slice of life serving too small a slice.

79
Absorbing, Indulgent, Resonant, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like drama about an immigrant family in NYC in the early 1960's with a twist. You may identify if you are from that era.

Don't see it if You dislike lots of discussion. Are anti-abuse within families.

65
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Feminist, Overstuffed

See it if you haven't already had your fill of plays about Italian immigrant families in Brooklyn coping with a tyrannical father.

Don't see it if you like plays that give deeper focus to fewer characters.

Also The acting is good but the play is spread too thin over too many half-... Read more Read less

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Intense, Slow

See it if you enjoy stories about Italian-American immigrants & 1960s period pieces. You might like a few scenes that thrill based on shock/surprise.

Don't see it if you are looking for something original or with a new perspective. The script is mostly dull with a couple of intense, yet cliched scenes.

61
Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you are Italian or like plays about Italian families

Don't see it if you are looking for something different and refreshing. This subject has been tackled before and been better.

Also I was really hoping for a lot more with this. I feel like it was very ... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows about families.I loved the relationships, the acting and the set. Most of the relationships felt real.It was a bit pat.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that is experimental.This is a standard family drama, set in Brooklyn in 1960.Believable characters.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Intense

See it if An interesting story that doesn't go where you,think it will. Terrific performances all around...

Don't see it if ...but some of the accents were so atrocious that I found it distracting. Should have hired a dialogue coach.

60
Flat characterizations, Unconvincing acting, Pastiche of family travails, Heavy but banal

See it if Another mediocre show from Roundabout. Turgid family drama set against major catastrophe - yet the catastrophe is trivialized. Issues...

Don't see it if ...raised and language idiosyncracies are out of sync with era. Actors, even their Italian accents, are unconvincing as is denouement.

70
Great acting, Ambitious, Slow, Intense

See it if you like realistic family dramas that just fall short of melodrama. There are almost too many stories and themes within this family.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fast moving play.

82
Great acting, Absorbing, Cliched, Intense, Slow

See it if Solid acting in story of an Italian-American immigrant family in Brooklyn & their dynamics in 1960, & an event that changes everything.

Don't see it if There are clichés - abusive father, subservient mother. I didn't buy the mother's complete acceptance of her daughter's lesbianism in 1960.

Also Spoiler alert: there is an event that produces a very loud, startling ... Read more Read less

68
Intelligent

See it if Wish to see a slice of life during this time period

Don't see it if Want more than the standard family drama

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Interesting play based in 1960 regarding an Italian immigrant family of parents,three daughters. Play involves many important life issues.

Don't see it if You prefer a light,comedic play.This play has humor,but is definitely a serious drama with major tragic elements.

70
Slow, Overstuffed, Disappointing, Cliched, Great special effect

See it if You love family based, sibling oriented period (60s) dramas. Want to see a very impressive special effect of a Park Slope historical event.

Don't see it if You are bored by excessive familial dialogue. Need a tight and well-paced story line.

Also While I am glad I saw it, it seemed like a regional production of a no... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a great cast, sweet moments that some may find familiar, show about growing pains by strong young women in Brooklyn.

Don't see it if You are impatient- first act is slow to develop. But hang in, everything changes. Don't like loud noises (it's really big at end of act one)

Also While it was slow in developing during first act...it was a steady gro... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Slow

See it if You like great acting and plays with relevant messages

Don't see it if you want a play to get to the point quickly.

80
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy intense drama mixed with comedy.

Don't see it if you don't like to see some pretty intense family strife


June 27th, 2017
“Eventful, often sweet but ultimately overwrought…Almost everything that happens after the disaster feels even falser than the onion…None of these changes have been justified in terms of character, only calamity. The story thus ends up shrinking…If there are stumbles along the way, there are also...
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June 27th, 2017
“The prose is sometimes purple and the exposition is sometimes bald. Yet thanks to sensitive performances, Kennedy’s mechanics frequently work as designed, cranking up the stakes and delivering vivid emotional moments on cue…Kennedy is good at sensation scenes…The rest of the text is weaker, but ...
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June 27th, 2017
"Feels both thematically overstuffed and undernourished. The playwright seems to be straining too hard for effect here...The drama creaks under the weight of too many machinations...The play benefits from a strong sense of atmosphere provided by director Gordon Edelstein...The performances are la...
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June 27th, 2017
“An earnest, somewhat boring slice of life…Then a shocking event closes the first act and completely changes everything…Injecting the play with a shot of adrenaline that carries it through to the end…This first-rate cast does its best with the sleepy, somewhat clichéd writing…If Edelstein's stagi...
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