Susan Lanning works on the set of “Italian American Reconcilation” at Stage Too. (Jason Wheeler/Kudos)
Originally published Friday, February 9, 2018 at 06:00a.m.
Prescott Center for the Arts’ Bruce Lanning said he’s always wanted to do a romance, and his current show, “Italian American Reconciliation” is romantic.
“It is about love from many different angles,” Lanning said. “It really is about love and trying to finish something that wasn’t finished before. In this case, it was the divorce. It just took it all out of this guy, he didn’t know what to do … He wants to go back and see if he can clear everything out and get a new start.”
The story centers on a character named Aldo, the narrator, (played by Rex Ijams). His friend Huey (played by Amos Owen) sends Aldo to talk to his ex-wife to see if she’ll consider getting remarried to him, Lanning said. It’s a dramedy with a lot of dialogue about love and different views on it, he said.
Another character, Aunt May (played by Trudy Forbes) runs a restaurant and tries to understand love, too, Lanning said. “She begins to realize what it’s about then stops and corrects herself. It’s similar to what happens in life.”
“In that kind of situation, you get a lot of advice from all different kinds of people on what to do and what love is and what life is about,” Lanning said. “She has just a down-to-earth attitude, and she’s not quite sure what it is.”
Aldo gives big speeches about all different kinds of things, Lanning said. Seeing Ijams succeed with that amount of dialogue and get it right while showing the frustration he feels working with this best friend’s girlfriend is rewarding as a director, Lanning said.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 15-17 and Thursday through Friday, Feb. 22-24 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 18 and 25. All shows are at Stage Too, which is located in the alley behind the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St.
Tickets are $17 and available at www.pca-az.net or at the door. With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s a good date show, Lanning said.