For Vincent Didonato and millions of other New Yorkers, dreams are made across the river on an island of tall buildings and bright marquees. Centennial Casting, the family’s metal shop, might as well be a world away. But what happens when those worlds collide?
Vincent is 47, single and lonely. The only woman in his life is his mother; she ran the family business. But her recent death has left him devastated.
He has nothing but the shop’s bolts and nuts, including the ones he works with, until he finds an 8-by-10 photograph of actress Edie Keaton buried in papers on his mother’s desk. He falls immediately in love.
He knows Edie belongs to that other world, the one he can never be a part of, until his co-workers come up with a daring and crazy plan to bring Vincent and Edie together.
That’s the premise of Centennial Casting, a winner of a play written by Gino DiIorio and Nancy Bleemer.
The Frank Licato directed comedy at the Arclight Theater stars “Sopranos” veteran Al Sapienza, who plays Vincent, supported by Anthony Alessandro, Alicia Harding, Howard Kaye and Maryann Towne.
Because of its name, Centennial Casting is often mistaken for a film casting agency by starry-eyed actresses looking for a break on Broadway or the big screen.
Getting their photos in the mail is nothing new for this crew. But this time, a madcap plot is hatched; employees set up a fake “casting” company for a fictitious film.
Vincent and his fellow characters are irascible tough-talking New Yorkers, but hapless Edie is so sweet and gullible she doesn’t suspect a thing. In fact, she can’t check her cellphone without accidentally deleting her messages.
Needless to say she usually strikes out with men.
The plot thickens when Vincent’s pal Doo-Doo phones Edie and asks her to come in for a casting call.
The clever comedy proves sometimes sparks fly in the most unexpected places, as Vincent begins living a hilarious double life of show business and sheet metal.
In the end, however, Vincent realizes that his elaborate ruse to meet Edie could jeopardize any chance of winning her love. How does he get out of this mess?
You’ll have to see this play to find that out.
The special limited run opened June 11th at The Arclight Theater 154 West 71st St. and runs through June 27th. The show plays Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 PM. Sunday at 3 PM. Monday Eve at 7:00 PM.