Perfectly Normel People

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Perfectly Normal People

A naive Kansas farm boy gets entangled with a boisterous Italian-American family in Thomas and Judy Heath’s heartwarming family comedy. When Hadley Smith (Bronson Taylor) finds no dorms available at NYU in 1981, he takes a room for rent with the Normellino clan of Queens. Though he sometimes feels like a fish out of water—his quiet innocence clashing with the loud-mouthed, boorish characters he now lives with—eventually they all learn to swim together happily. Taylor gives a wonderfully understated performance, conveying an intense, palpable awkwardness. (Sean X. Marino is less engaging as the grown-up version of the same character, who narrates the show.) Patrick Arnheim, Lara Allred, Tripp Hamilton and Katie Holland, portraying various Normellinos, commendably resist the temptation to fall into cartoonish Italian stereotypes. Comedic though the characters' interactions often are, the play ultimately evokes nostalgia for a world in which family dinners and face time were more common. The result is a Fringe experience as delicious as one of Mama Normellino’s home-cooked meals.—Valerie David

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Melanie Cason

A wonderfully wholesome slice of 80's nostalgia and family! This play stands out in fringe because it is actually about Perfectly Normel People! Loved it!!!

C.M. Wehrer

This play had it all. -- drama, humor, and romance. PNP tells the story of a closely knit family with all the emotions, love, disagreements that go on in so many families. Applause to the authors, cast and crew for a job well done. See it!, you will love PNP and laugh.

Debbied

This was a wonderful, funny and touching play! Everyone should come and see this show. You will leave feeling better when you leave than when you arrived. The cast is wonderful!!!

Linn Waller

I saw this play in Charleston. It was excellent there. It only got better when performed at the Players Theatre in New York. This is a play that you do not want to end with great humor, great story and exceptional actors. Everyone in the play has a strong part. Bronson Taylor as Hadley is outstanding with great facial expressions and sincere great acting abilities. I am not slighting anyone because all were so good. This play will always be my favorite. Thank you all, actors and writers.