Show Times and
Friday and Saturday at 8:30 pm: $27 reg., $22
students/seniors $15 children
Saturday Family Matinée at 4 pm: $15 reg., $12
students/seniors $8 children
Sunday Matinée at 3:30 pm: $22 reg., $17
students/seniors $10 children
Tickets: Advance ticket reservations through the St.
Lawrence Centre Ticket Line, 416-366-7723,
Artword Theatre opens for ticket sales and pickup one hour
and a half BEFORE A SHOW only
GENERAL SEATING (no allocated seats this time)
Mangiacake! returns to Artword
Mangiacake!, Charly Chiarellis second
hit show about growing up Sicilian in Canada, is coming back
to Artword Theatre for four weeks, from March 1 to 24. Its
first run last April was completely sold out, and ever since
Artword has been getting phone calls asking "when is Charly
coming back?" This is truly a return engagement "by popular
is the second installment in the autobiographical saga that
began with CuFu. ("CuFu" means "who did
it?" in Sicilian.) A runaway hit, CuFu has
played all over Canada in more than a hundred venues from
Whitehorse to Halifax. A one-hour television version is a
perennial favorite on Bravo!.
picks up where the earlier play left off -- with young
Charly entering high school. Born in Sicily, raised in the
industrial north end of Hamilton with 10,000 other Sicilian
immigrants, and burdened with the ultimate Sicilian name,
"Calogero", young Charly decides that the road to success in
Canada is assimilation. He decides to become a "mangiacake".
("Mangiacake" is what Italian immigrants call non-Italians,
who eat pasty white sliced bread that looks like cake).
to a "white-bread" high school outside the neighbourhood,
and does his best to blend in with mixed results.
Like many immigrants, he is steered into the four-year
technical program, but he ends up running for president of
the student council anyway (his slogan "put a wop on
adult, he goes back to Sicily, where he finds out what a
mangiacake he has become. Sicily is a strange, magical land.
His relatives are like characters out of myth. Strangest of
all is his namesake, Uncle Calogero, who lives alone with a
donkey called America, and who makes him a gift that
has some far-reaching consequences.
the Mangiacake! stories are hilarious. Others
deal with tough subjects with a clear and forthright honesty
the brutal aspects of growing up as a newcomer to
Canada, and Charlys own fight with cancer. Amazingly,
Charly shows how both subjects have their funny side. And,
as before, the show is punctuated with Charlys own
brand of Sicilian blues and some very fine blues
Charlys first play, Mangiacake!
originates in stories honed and polished in kitchens and
at parties over the years. Charly Chiarelli began his career
as a performer playing virtuoso harmonica in blues and jazz
bands. Invited to participate in Artwords first
Festival of the Human Voice in 1995, Charly put some of the
stories together into CuFu?.
Artwords Artistic Director Ronald Weihs helped Charly
to evolve both pieces, and to find a style combining
storytelling and theatre.
For media and publicity information call Josée
Duranleau, Duranleau Publicity, 416-652-7672.