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click to enlarge Candice Guardino

Candice Guardino

Thomas Felicciardi

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 28 2017
Price: $30-$40
Candice Guardino's one-woman show about growing up Italian-American on Staten Island leans so hard on caricature that it sometimes hides the heartfelt family tribute at its core. With over-the-top New Yawk-accented parodies of her relatives, video cameos by the likes of Sopranos actor Steven Schirripa, and treacly musical interludes, Guardino works hard to make her life story feel like a cliche played for easy laughs. The truest parts of the show reveal her very real affection for her grandmother, Fran, who taught her to never take grief from anybody and to follow her dreams. Her stories about Fran's no-nonsense lessons could've made for a compelling evening in their own right. In fact, if Guardino had cut most of the people-pleasing schmaltz, there's no telling how proud grandma might've been. —Dmitry Samarov

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