THEATERMANIA AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD. From 185 shows at the 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, that’s what this comedy was voted. With characters ranging from teens to a grandfather, audiences of all ages have loved this memory play. TimeOut New York gave it “4 STARS.” See Review
So what’s the story? On the surface, it’s a fish-out-of-water comedy about what happens when a college freshman from Kansas moves in with a dysfunctional Italian-American family from Queens. But a deeper look reveals threads of loss, love and longing. Just exactly what is one’s place in the world?
Our narrator, Hadley Smith, takes us back to New York City in 1981 when the Ramones ruled the Village, Reagan ruled the country and the only rule in the Normellino household was, whoever shouts loudest gets heard.
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Press/Reviews for “Perfectly Normel People”
TimeOut New York:
“As delicious as one of Mama Normellino’s home-cooked meals… 4 STARS!”
“Funny and wholesome entertainment. If you’ve ever gone to the theatre and wished for a nice story, this is it.”
“I can’t remember the last time I threw my hands up in laughter at a play.”
One of the “stars beginning to emerge from the roster of FringeNYC artists”
“This play will warm your heart while causing pain from so much laughter.”
Post & Courier:
“Funny and moving… The production brings heart and humor.”
“Soaring laughter from the audience…Thomas & Judy Heath know how to feed a large crowd.”
“This is a fun play.”
“When a theatre presentation is funny and smart, fast-paced and wise, word spreads like wildfire, especially at Festival time. ‘Perfectly Normel People’ has all those elements and more.”
Charleston City Paper:
“A good-humored story of family and belonging, with enough antics to keep the audience laughing until the end.”
The Rear Mezzanine:
“With a great amount of humor they are able to ground the play with a heart of gold. I foresee a wonderful future for ‘Perfectly Normel People’. How refreshing to laugh and be touched at the same time.”