Joey and Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding
Wedding Celebrates 10th
June, 2003 "Downtown News"
Red, white and green ribbons swirled from band
members’ costumes on May 31 as guests arrived at the Jack Dodge
Theater in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter to the sounds of Italian
She was the opening act of the 10th anniversary
celebration of "Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding," the
longest-running dinner theater in San Diego County.
When all the guests were inside, the wedding ceremony commenced with recalcitrant groom, Joey, played by Rob Marrocco, trying to tie the knot with Maria, played by Amanda Venancio.
Usher, James Muscio, wearing a
plastic toupee resembling a small black skunk, brought in the
wedding party one by one.
As the play became more inter-active, the crowd was rapidly
convinced they were actual participants in the festivities (they
were) and, although the acoustics suffered from overload in the old
warehouse, it didn’t matter much because the character of the event
was more visceral than Shakespearean.
As the actors went from table to table
enticing guests from their chairs, Conga lines became more
infectious than mad-cow disease and eventually the converted
warehouse was a scene of one-two-three kicking as the crowd moved
into a large circle, with everyone fulfilling their collective
dream of becoming a Rockette.
Lasagna, spaghetti, tender chicken in a dream
sauce and Tuscan trifle (Tiramisu) offered a tasty interlude
between the wedding ceremony and the following excitement. It all
made you want to talk with your hands.
Presenting tribal favorites ranging from the Electric Slide to the Chicken Dance, the troupe led the guests in every group caper known to modern music.
Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett were also honored
as their songs were woven into the fabric of the show and the crowd
went wild with laughter as male members lip-synced a zany rendition
of the play’s ending anthem, "I did It My Way."
For information and reservations to future performances call (800) 944-5639.