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​​​​​ANTHONY E. GALLO
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REVIEWS

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  1. The Eaton Woman  July 2016  Carol GRiffin Greenbelt News Review

  2. Andrea BlackisTone, Pringe Georges Sentinel July 2016

  3. tERESA    OCTOBER  17, 2015 Carol Griffin Greenbelt News Review
  4. tHE sPRINGFIELD bOYS   cAROL gRIFFITH   gREENBELT nEWS rEVIEW   jULY  1015  PAGE 12

  5. THE SPRINGFIELD BOYS    SUSAN BRALL   DC METRO THEATER ARTS    JULY 2015
  6. EUGENIO   CAROL GRIFFITH   GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW      JULY 2014  PAGE 7
  7. THE BOTTICELLI CRUISE   CAROL GRIFFITH  GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW   JULY 2013  PAGE 9
  8. LINCOLN AND GOD     KIM MOELLER   DC METRO THEATER ARTS   JULY 2012
  9. LINCOLN AND GOD      CAROL GRIFFITH   GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW  JULY 2012  PAGE 9
  10. VANDERGRIFT      JAMES LINK    GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW    JULY 2011  PAGE 13
  11. ​CHARLESTON REVISITED  CARO GRIFFITH   GREENBELT NEWS REIVEW   AUGUST  2010  pAGE 12
  12. LINCOLN AND GOD REVIEW   DEBBIE JACKSON    JULY 2009
  13. ​EUGENIO   KIMBERLY WADSWORTH  INDIE REVIEW IN NEW YORK CITY   JULY 2008
  14. VANDERGRIFT  ROSALIND LACEY   AUGUST    MD  THEATER SCENE  2008  
  15. EUGENIO    SHEFFEY GORDON    BLOGGER  WASHINGTON CITY PAPER    2008
  16. OTHER REVIEWS     MISCELLANEOUS  2008-2015



 EUGENIO REVIEW


“Eugenio” Explores WWII and Forgiveness at GAC Carol Griffith  Greenbelt News Review How do one’s religious beliefs  stand up in the atrocities of war? Is forgiveness really possible? Such questions are the themes of the thoroughly engrossing “Eugenio,” now playing at the Greenbelt Arts Center, the latest workby playwright Anthony Gallo. Gallo, the director of the Seventh Street Playhouse and author of over a dozen plays, tackles big issues with intelligence and much talent. His recent productions include a Bible-based trilogy; “Vandergrift!” which dealt with union-organizing during the Gilded Age; and “Lincoln and God” which treated our 16thpresident’s spirituality as he wrestled with the challenges of abolishing slavery while preserving the Union. “Eugenio,”like many of Gallo’s other plays, has been staged at the Kennedy Center and at several New York venues. 


Set in Italy in 1943 as the Nazis begin to occupy Rome, the city’s Chief Rabbi, Israel Zolli, (excellently played by Steve Rosenthal) refuses to believe that the Nazis plan to harm the Jews. Finally convinced of the impending Holocaust by his Roman Catholic allies Monsignor Hilary and Cardinal Maglione (James McDaniel and Bruce Smith, respectively, in wonderful performances) and by encounters with the Nazi commanding officer, Colonel Schmitt (ably played by co-director David Weaver), Zolli seeks asylum in the Vatican. Ultimately, after much soul searching, he is called to convert to Roman Catholicism, causing much dismay and confusion. Every major character, includingZolli’s housekeeper Rosina (convincingly played by co-director Shirl Weaver); Sister Angelina, a courageous nun who hid Jews from the Nazis (Trix Whitehall, in a commanding performance); and one of Zolli’s congregants, Alberto Anso (excellently played by George Spencer), has to decide if and how to forgive their sometimes horrific losses from the war.




Their struggles are well-drawn, sympathetic and often surprising, and with this theme “Eugenio” succeeds on an emotional level. It is powerful entertainment. “Eugenio” will play on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m.Reservations may be made through the boxoffice at 301-441-8770 or at the Arts Centerat 123 Centerway, located beneath the Co-op supermarket.  WHERE Greenbelt Arts Center  123 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD  Directions and Reservations: 301-441-8770.Tickets: Regular - $17   Seniors/Students - $14   Group Sales -$12   Questions:  202 544 6973  agallo2368@verizon.net   Website:  Eugenio:   http://eugenio.aegallo.com

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