A Bronx Tale | Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22 2009
Price: $18-$80
Chazz Palminteri talks a lot about weird neighborhood characters during this semiautobiographical one-man show centered on a Sicilian-American kid growing up rough in the Bronx during the 1960s. One of the weirdest is Crazy Mario, who has a test he gives prospective girlfriends to see whether they're trustworthy. I’m not going to tell you what the test is. Suffice it to say, you don't want your daughter dating that psychopath. You may not even want to take her to a show where things like Mario's test aren’t condemned outright. But if the test anecdote makes A Bronx Tale unfit as family entertainment, it's also a prime example of what makes the piece so engaging. Palminteri never backs down from the ugliness in the mob-dominated, often twisted culture he portrays and never disowns it. He embraces it right along with the beauty. Like his neighbor from another one of the five boroughs, Walt Whitman, Palminteri's not the poet of goodness only, but just as much the poet of evil. A lanky, funny poet of evil, who really knows how to use his body on a stage. --Tony Adler



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