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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-07-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | JUNE 6-12, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 3 EAST GREENWICH – Sauce or gravy? Italian Americans argue this question in kitch- ens and over boiling pots of tomatoes and meats while re-creating family recipes. Queries like this will be debated in the com- edy show "The Italian Chicks," on Friday, June 15, at the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St. The show is brought to Rhode Island by Italian American and member of the Scituate Housing Authority, Carol Costa. Reminiscing about her childhood, Costa said after church on Sunday her family would gather for dinner at her grandmother's house, which smelled of fresh basil, parsley, garlic and Lester's oil. Her grandmother would make the gravy after her grandfather cleaned the stairs. Her memories are similar to those of many other Italian Americans living in Rhode Island. Connecting with the five "Italian Chicks," Maryann "Boom Boom" Maisano, Mary Dimino, Regina DeCicco, Gina Scarda and Tara Cannistraci, on Facebook, Costa said they united over a shared heritage. "Every culture and ethnic group has fun sto- ries and quirks, and we found a way to laugh at that," Costa said. "I thought this would be great for our state." The crew will sing, laugh and joke about their Italian customs and culture, and bring a night of light-hearted fun and reminiscing. Each of the women brings something different to the table. A former banker, Maisano left her career to become a comedian, and star of the one-wom- an show, "The Agita Monologues." Scarda is another "Italian Chick" that rein- vented herself. After 20 years as a New York City police officer, Scarda began her second act in comedy with the women in the skits. The other women have a history in standup, sketch comedy, film, and television. Costa said the show is guaranteed to bring a laugh, and leave you wanting more, especially gravy. Tickets are available at www.greenwicho- for $35 general admission, and $45 VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet with the stars. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. Comedy with a dash of sass By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer The Italian Chicks, from left, MARY DIMINO, GINA SCARDA, REGINA DECICCO, and MARYANNE MAISANO, along with Tara Cannistraci, take the stage at the Greenwich Odeum on Friday, June 15. Place your classified ad online at

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