I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti --A Delightful Combination of Food and Romance
By Bob and Karen Isaacs
BOB: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is a familiar tale of a woman seeking her lifetime companion but it is the staging of it by director Rob Ruggiero and the acting of the role that certainly makes for an enjoyable evening.
KAREN: This play -- which is a one-woman show -- is based on a successful book of the same name written by Giula Melucci. It is adapted for the stage by Jacques Lamarre, a local playwright.
BOB: In the play, Giula takes us into her apartment as she describes her various dating misadventures, none of which are particularly unique. But she does confess to one thing -- she loves to cook for her dates, which is both an attraction and an entrapment.
KAREN: The way Ruggiero stages this is to have Giula, played by Antoinette LaVecchia, prepare a meal as she tells us the narrative about her relationships. She serves the meal -- antipasto, salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, to the lucky audience members who have chosen the table seats up front. What really impressed me is that she makes spaghetti from scratch -- using the pasta maker like a pro.
BOB: It is an interesting story -- she focuses on four failed relationships but the food produced is -- we have heard -- excellent.
KAREN: You will certainly enjoy Antoinette LaVecchia for her chatter and sincerity. And it amazing how she keeps talking while chopping, sauteing, stirring, and making pasta dough.
BOB: That is what makes this play rise above a rather common story. It is obviously based on the idea that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach -- though Gilua says it isn't.
KAREN: As a work in progress, this play -- which runs over 2 hours -- will undoubtedly be tightened and improved. It may not have great meaning, but in the hands of a talented director like Ruggiero and actress like LaVecchia, it is an enjoyable evening.
BOB: Unless you are sitting at one of the tables, you better eat before the show -- the food smells will make your mouth water.
KAREN: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is at TheaterWorks in Hartford through July 14.
This review appeared on WHNU-88.7 fm and www.wnhu.net.