Secondo – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Symbolizing the strength of your marriage, its resilience and inability to rust, aluminum and tin are the traditional gifts to commemorate ten years of marriage. Not so romantic I’d say. For Giulia Melucci, who spent a good part of her life searching for the perfect soul mate, she is grateful that after many imposters she found, or he found her, the love of her life, Gavin. She remembers all the trials she experienced, many of which she immortalized in her book “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti” and now she is preparing to celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary by making her film critic husband his favorite foods, a roast leg of lamb, pillows of ravioli and a special lady finger dessert.

She is feeling trickles of guilt because she cancelled her ticket to go with Gavin to Cannes for a twelve day film festival and her reasons may not have been without an element of sin. As a good Catholic, she is concerned she may not absolve herself or that Gavin may not forgive her. To learn Giulia’s secrets, go to Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury by Sunday, April 2 for “Secondo” by Jacques Lamarre, from the stories by Giulia Melucci and directed by Michael Schiralli.

Maria Baratta’s Giulia opens her heart and her kitchen as she speaks directly to the audience about her current dilemma. Mitch, a man from her past, has insinuated himself in her life and wants her undivided attention and affection. Now, as she is in the midst of anniversary preparations, Mitch is demanding she commit to him. What is a good religious girl to do? She loves Gavin but can she convince herself and him of her affection? The fact that her phone keeps ringing and distracting her doesn’t help.

For tickets ($43-47), call Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Road, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at Performances are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Come help the charming and conflicted Giulia as she struggles to stabilize her marriage, despite the fact her framed certificate of marriage keeps flying off her kitchen shelf.