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I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

a One Woman Show
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Jacques Lamarre

COMPANY : Georgia Ensemble Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory [WEBSITE]
ID# 5396

SHOWING : October 25, 2018 - November 11, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A one-woman comedy/drama about good food and bad boyfriends -- with live cooking. You’re invited into Giulia’s kitchen and treated to tables of her sometimes-disastrous, sometimes-successful love life. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to taste some of her spaghetti!


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Rachel May
Giulia Melucci Jennifer Levison
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REVIEWS

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It Doesn’t Stink
by playgoer
Sunday, November 18, 2018
3.0
When you go to see a play, you hope to be impressed by the visuals and the sound. That may not be true of "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti" at Georgia Ensemble, but the smells are likely to get your salivary glands into overdrive. The odors of sauteed onions and garlic fill the auditorium in the first act as Jenny Levison (playing Giulia Melucci) cooks up meat sauce for the spaghetti she will make from scratch in act two.

Stephanie Polhemus’ scenic design is functional. There’s a projected backdrop of a New York street, and in front of that a kitchen center stage, with an island downstage, a sink up right, and a utensil-filled island and a window up center. The big set change is when the shutters on the window are closed for act two. Chairs and tables on either side of the stage are reserved for the lucky (?) eight audience members who get to eat the antipasto, salad, and spaghetti Ms. Levison makes.

Other technical elements are adequate, although Connor McVey’s lighting changes and Preston Goodson’s sound design seem fairly bland, adding next to nothing to the production. Emmie Tuttle’s costumes are functional, with a red dress used in the final scene just elegant enough to impress. Sarah Elaine’s props are nearly all kitchen-related, so they deserve the bulk of praise for technical achievement in this production.

The play itself seems to be a gimmick to profit off the sales of the same-titled book that Guilia Melucci wrote. It’s a memoir in which she relates her life’s romantic involvements while simultaneously creating, cooking, plating, and serving an Italian meal. She saves mementos of her failed relationships: a jade bracelet from Steve, her first; a beer can from Kitt, her alcoholic second; a Stevie Wonder CD and neck brace from Ethan, her non-committing Jewish soulmate; a framed e-mail from Marcus, an older cartoonist; and an ice cream scoop from wacky Lachlan, a Scottish novelist. Food pervades her reminiscences, since she seems to invite men to her place for meals, and then they rapidly move in with her. It’s a storyline that is more likely to resonate with women than with men.

It’s hard to identify the contributions of Rachel May as director. She may have helped determine the sequence in which Ms. Levison orders her lines and the steps of her food preparation, but the script doesn’t have a lot of emotional ups and downs. Ms. Levison narrates in a fairly even tone throughout, making the performance pretty low-key. Ms. May may have allowed an egregious pronunciation error too. Ms. Melucci comes from an Italian family, and her Italian should be pretty good, at least for speaking, if not reading. But Ms. Levison pronounces "chi sa" (Italian for "who knows?") with an English "ch" sound instead of the "k" sound that Italians use when "ch" precedes an "e" or an "i," as in "chianti." Inexcusable. It’s just one element making this a less-than-stellar production. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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