How To Be An Good Italian Daughter (In Spite Of Myself)

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Antoinette LaVecchia

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How To Be A Good Italian Daughter (In Spite Of Myself) by Antoinette LaVecchia is a one-woman show, written and performed by Antoinette LaVecchia that examines the hysterical and universal struggles between an immigrant Italian mother and her Americanized daughter.

How To Be A Good Italian Daughter (In Spite of Myself), directed by Ted Sod, had a 10-week run at The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre in the Fall/Winter 2009, produced by Jones Street Productions.

In April 2009, Antoinette performed the show to a sold-out house at NYC’s Ars Nova. And then a month later at CenterStage at Fitchburg Stage College. In Los Angeles, the show raised money for The Collective’s fundraiser, the west coast alumni group of Tisch’s Graduate Acting program dedicated to developing new works in film, television and theatre. She also had a critically acclaimed showcase production of the piece at Urban Stages in New York. How To Be A Good Italian Daughter (In Spite of Myself) was chosen to be part of The Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival.

 “She puts so much zip into what she does…” “As the piece opens, she gives birth to herself, something that has to be seen to be appreciated.” “Inspired touches…”The New York Times reviewed by Neil Genzlinger

But when Antoinette LaVecchia spoofs her relationship with her Italian ma in her solo play In Spite of Myself, she does so with such fresh and hilariously inventive ideas that you’d think she was trailblazing virgin comic territory. reviewed by Michael Dale

“Vivid! Imaginative! Transcends National Boundaries!” reviewed by Sandy MacDonald

“LaVecchia is stellar…” “…carefully layered caricatures, balancing the quirky with the poignant.” Curtain Up reviewed by Amanda Cooper


“hilarious”, “enlightening and interesting”, “sharply performed”, “quirkily, observant eye”, “a lot of guts” reviewed by Matthew Murray

“Simply Bravissima!…when Italian-American theater becomes universal you should certainly be prepared to be in for an amazing experience.” “Every minute of this show, even its most hilarious moments, hides a nagging desire for understanding.” “Visceral, precise……” US Italia Magazine/America Oggi reviewed by Letizia Airos

“…a one-woman powerhouse.” “…imbues spirit in the excited roles revealing her exuberant gifts as an actress reminiscent of Valerie Harper.” Italian Tribune reviewed by Marjorie Gunner

“Her narration and conflicted motions capture both the wonder and the rawness of the moment, which sets up the lifelong struggle of mother and daughter to establish separate selves.”  The Stamford Advocate (Acorn Publications) reviewed by Mary Parker Buckles

“Antoinette LaVecchia e una brava attrice e autrice. Merita molti spettatori.” (Antoinette LaVecchia is a phenomenal actress and writer. She deserves huge audiences.) “Lo ha scritto e lo interpreta con stile e senso dell’umorismo.” (She has written the show and performs it with style and great humor.)
America Oggi reviewed by Mario Fratti

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