Tony n' Tina's Wedding

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Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding
Written by Artificial Intelligence comedy troupe
Characters Anthony Nunzio, Jr.
Valentina Lynne Vitale
et al.
Date premiered November 11, 1985 (1985-11-11)
Place premiered New York City
Original language English
Genre Environmental theatre
Interactive theatre
Setting Italian American wedding
Wedding reception
Official site

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an "environmental/immersive theatre" event based on a traditional Italian-American wedding and reception, with warm and intrusive stereotypes exaggerated for comic effect. Audience members are treated as guests at the wedding by the interactive, improvisational comedy cast.

The piece has been staged in over 100 locations worldwide, including cities in Canada, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia.[1]

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding shares some similarities with a 1969 Australian play called Dimboola, by Jack Hibberd.

History[edit]

The setting for the wedding in the first off-off-Broadway production was the Washington Square United Methodist Church.

An interactive, environmental comedy, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a creation of the Artificial Intelligence comedy troupe. Thirteen original cast members share the copyright: Kevin Alexander, Tom Allen, James Altuner, Mark Campbell, Nancy Cassaro, Elizabeth Dennehy, Chris Fracchiolla, Jack Fris, Mark Nassar, Patricia Cregan Navarra, Larry Pellegrini, Susan Varon, and Moira Wilson.[2] According to Cassaro, "Tony and Tina evolved when Mark [Nassar] and I were in college and found ourselves the outcasts of the drama department. We were doing improvisations of a young couple having a fight, and they became so real that the dorm master called wondering what was the matter. It snowballed as we enlisted other friends who created other characters."[3]

The show was first performed in an American Legion Hall on West 14th Street on November 11, 1985.[4] The off-off-Broadway production opened on February 6, 1988 with the first wedding held at the Washington Square Methodist Church in Greenwich Village and the reception at Carmelita's, a reception hall at 150 East 14th Street.[5][3] It then played at St. John's Lutheran Church on Christopher Street before moving to a long run at St. Luke's Theatre, then at the Edison Hotel, and finally at Sweet Caroline's before ending its 22-year run on July 25, 2010. The original cast included the above 13 actors and also Mickey Abbate, Joanna Cocca, Kia Colton, Joe Corcoran, Vincent Floriani, Towner Gallagher, Eli Ganias, Jacob Harran, Jennifer Heftler, Elizabeth Herring, Tom Hogan, Monica Horan, Kevin A. Leonidas, Denise Moses, Phil Rosenthal, Charlie Terrat, and Michael Winther. It was originally produced by Joe and Dan Corcoran, two Hofstra alumni just starting out on Wall Street.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding has been hosted in more than 200 cities including New York City, Las Vegas, Vancouver (where it had a 14-year run, closing only due to the 2010 Winter Olympics), Toronto, Montreal, Portland, Detroit, Dallas, Orlando, San Francisco, and Chicago.[1]

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding: The Movie[6]
Directed by Roger Paradiso
Produced by Tony Travis
Michael Tadross
Mark Lipsky[6]
Written by Roger Paradiso
Starring Joey McIntyre
Mila Kunis
Adrian Grenier[6]
Distributed by Emerging Pictures
Release date
November 30, 2007 (2007-11-30) (limited)[7]
Running time
106 minutes (theatrical version)[7]
110 minutes (DVD)[6]
Country  United States

Film adaptation[edit]

The play was "freely"[8] adapted for film by writer-director Roger Paradiso— "filmed primarily from the point of view of a lisping videographer"[7]—with Joey McIntyre and Mila Kunis playing the title characters.[9] The film premiered on May 3, 2004 at the Tribeca Film Festival and received a limited theatrical run three-and-a-half years later.[7][9]

Upon its release, Slant Magazine gave the film 0/4 stars ("no stars"), calling it a "relentlessly unfunny detonation" of the play, and a "tin-eared disaster" featuring "profanity delivered at a Mamet-like rate."[8] The New York Times called the film a "dated send-up of low-class comportment" and, noting the film's limited release, said "exactly how limited will depend on your tolerance for tasteless behavior, extravagant overacting and a decibel level to rival the unveiling of Oprah's Favorite Things."[7]

The film has since been released on DVD.[6]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About the Show". tonylovestina.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  2. ^ "About the Show - Tony n' Tina's Wedding - Credits". Official website. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ a b Stephen Holden (February 5, 1988). "Avant-garde Antics for Fearless Audiences". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  4. ^ B. Isenberg (October 8, 1989). "'Tony n' Tina' Married to Their Work". LA Times. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  5. ^ Mel Gussow (February 23, 1988). "The Stage: 'Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-16. Neighbors across the street must have been wondering why this same couple was marrying every Saturday and Sunday afternoon for the last three weeks. Beginning this week, they will also marry on Thursday and Friday evenings. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Tony n' Tina's Wedding: The Movie". Emerging Pictures. Archived from the original on 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Jeannette Catsoulis (February 5, 1988). "Here Comes the Bride With Chewing Gum". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  8. ^ a b "Tony n' Tina's Wedding". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  9. ^ a b Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding at the Internet Movie Database

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