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Italian Bred

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Italian Bred, St. Luke's Theatre, NYC Show Poster
St. Luke's Theatre

308 46th St.
New York, NY 10019

1hr, 20mins
0 Intermissions
Important Dates
Apr 30, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
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Candice Guardino premieres her outrageous one-woman show about growing up Italian on Staten Island.


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What Is the Story of Italian Bred?
A vibrant one-woman show by Candice Guardino, Italian Bred tells stories of the actress’ Staten Island childhood, growing up with her wacky Italian-American family. From her tough-as-meatballs grandma to her wannabe Valley Girl sister, Guardino switches from one impression to the next, taking the audience on a wild ride from grade school to college. Whether she’s learning to drive, confessing her sins at church or getting ready for the prom, Guardino’s outspoken family most definitely has something to say about it.

Critics’ Reviews

[Candice] Guardino is multi-talented and shines in this charming 80-minute show.

Review by Suzanna Bowling from Times Square Chronicles

...Guardino single-handedly proves you can make a one woman show funnier and smarter than almost anything on TV.

Review by Jose Solis from

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What Is Italian Bred Like?
Featuring a live band and a rotating special guest every week, Italian Bred is an entertaining scrapbook of Guardino’s upbringing as an Italian Staten Islander. Using clever props, real family photos and a few dance breaks, the actress paints a funny and moving portrait of her dysfunctional family and how nutty—and inspiring—her role models were. Running 80 minutes with no intermission, Italian Bred is a bite-sized night at the theater that’s both humorous and heartfelt. 

Is Italian Bred Good For Kids?
Italian Bred contains harsh language, cigarette smoking and some sexual innuendo. The production is appropriate for older teens, but hire a babysitter for the little ones.