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May 31, 2012
11:40 AMBe There
Uncle Junior takes the stage at Kavinoky
“If you can’t get your friends jobs, what’s the purpose of attaining success?” asked Dominic Chianese as Uncle Junior in the hit HBO series The Sopranos. Five years after the show went off the air, Chianese is still living by these words, joining with fellow actor and friend Joey Giambra on the latter’s ambitious Bread and Onions, coming to the Kavinoky Theatre for two special performances in mid-June.
The play, written by the multi-talented Giambra, shines a light on a forgotten time in America. It follows the daily life of immigrant families who traveled far in search of a better life and created Buffalo’s Little Italy on the lower West Side where they settled. Audiences will witness a piece of history as the neighborhood attempts to build a home away from home in a strange and unfamiliar land.
Chianese and Giambra met when they were both cast in Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge and have remained friends through the years. Born on Georgia Street in 1933, Giambra was a member of this first generation—American citizens with immigrant parents. This play was written not from hearsay, but from experience. Chianese’s name has long been affiliated with the word “gangster,” rightly so given his expansive resume spanning from Coppola’s The Godfather Pt. II to The Sopranos. Hopefully his name will also bring people out to see Giambra’s play, featuring a big-name actor and a close to home plot.
There will be two performances of Bread and Onions, at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the Kavinoky Theatre on the D’Youville College campus.
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling the Kavinoky box office, 716-829-7668.