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Charly Chiarelli brings the
Sicilian-Canadian experience to life
Two shows written
and performed by Charly (Calogero) Chiarelli
February 8 to March 4,
Stories of a Sicilian Family...
Cu'Fu? (So Who Did
April 5 to 29, 2001
Charly goes back to Italy and finds he's a ...
World premiere of Charly's new show
both shows directed by
produced by Artword Theatre
** Thurs. at 8 pm, Sat. at 4
pm, Sun. at 3 pm: $22 reg., $16 students/seniors, $12
** Fri. at 8 pm and Sat. at 8:30 pm: $27 reg., $22
students/seniors, $15 children
Artword Theatre, 75 Portland
Street, Toronto (one
block east of Bathurst, south of King)
Box Office: 416-408-ARTD (2783)
Charly Chiarelli, master
storyteller and harmonica virtuoso, is coming back to
Artword Theatre this season - this time with two shows!
Cu'Fu?, hilarious and touching stories about
growing up Sicilian in Hamilton, Ontario, runs from February
8 to March 4, 2001. In April, Artword presents the world
premiere of Mangiacake!,
directed by Ronald Weihs, running from April 5 to 29.
Chiarelli is unquestionably Artword's most popular
performer. A familiar figure for years in Toronto's
storytelling community, he had been telling stories of his
weird and wonderful family in the north end of Hamilton,
home to 10,000 Sicilians, all from the same town, Racalmuto!
And back in Racalmuto there were only 8,000 left!
1995, for Artword's Festival of the Human Voice, he put the
stories together into a one-hour version of
Cu'Fu?, punctuated by original songs and his
mean blues harmonica playing. (In those days, Artword was a
tiny 60-seat theatre on the second floor of the building
just north of where it is now.) At the first show, the
audience went wild.
artistic director, Ronald Weihs, worked with him to help
shape and stage the material, and the show returned in 1996,
first for a 3-week run and back for an extended run that
fall. And - largely by word of mouth - people found their
way in ever-greater numbers up Artword's rickety stairs,
until Charly was playing to packed houses every night.
Charly toured across Canada, and brought the show to Artword
again in 1999, this time to Artword's new 150-seat
caught the eye of Paul Gratton and Harvey Glatt, who, with
Denis Beauchamp of UBWired, turned it into a one-hour
special for Bravo Television. The shrink-wrapped version is
on sale at Indigo Books and other outlets. Charly is
currently on the cover of the Italian Theatre edition of the
Canadian Theatre Review.
of people have been waiting for Charly's second show. In
Mangiacake! Charly comes to terms with his
Canadian identity, and goes back to Italy to find his roots,
only to discover that he too is - a mangiacake!
"Mangiacake", for anyone who hasn't seen Cu'fu?, means "cake
eaters". It's what Italians call non-Italians (when they're
was showcased in September in Hamilton, at the Ontario
Workers' Arts and Heritage Centre. The auditorium was packed
with Charly's old neighbours, most of whom had seen
Cu'Fu?. They loved it. So will you.