By Staff Writer
February 2nd, 2018
“A suspenseful play that focuses on the painful, challenging, and conflicting lives of an immigrant family while emphasizing the power of women and strong bonds.”
It’s 1960, and you work day in, day out, in order to provide for your family. You don’t know how to read, but that’s worth it, because at least your two younger sisters get to go to school.
This has been all you know, but things are about to change.
“Napoli Brooklyn” is an off-Broadway show that takes place in the ’60s and is about an Italian immigrant family struggling with strife within the members of the household– and within themselves.
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The Muscolino daughters have faced emotional and physical abuse as a common obstacle in their childhoods, and are now beginning to retaliate again their father, the culprit of their pain. Each girl must deal with additional problems corresponding with their lives.
Tina has worked at a factory ever since she was young, in order to provide for her family. Vita has been sent to live with nuns, after a severe fight with her father, which left her with two broken ribs and a broken nose. Lastly, Francesca plans to run away to France with her girlfriend for a fresh start away from her father.
After the occurrence of a tragic event that causes many casualties, their father seems to change for the better. However, there is little forgiveness for him in the girls’ hearts, whereas their mother wholeheartedly accepts the new him.
The storyline is heartbreaking as each character faces calamity yet heartwarming as they attempt to overcome them. The three daughters depend on each other, demonstrating the sisterly bond that is not easily broken. This play demonstrates the strength of women and their ability to stand strong even through hardships.
An interesting factor in “Napoli, Brooklyn” is the way identity and culture is represented throughout. Entering Brooklyn, New York after growing used to Italy, the young sisters are faced with a way of life they’ve never experienced before.
Despite how new everything is to them, they are hopeful for a better future and have dreams that they want to achieve. Throughout everything the world throws at them, the girls hold fast to each other, developing a touching bond that profounds all its watchers.
“Napoli, Brooklyn” is an intense and suspenseful play that focuses on the painful, challenging, and conflicting lives of an immigrant family while emphasizing the power of women and strong bonds.