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“Newton Theatre offers a big helping of Calamaris in June”
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June 19, 2013

For the past five years, Delphine and Carmela Calamari have been bringing their love of Italian food and laughter to audiences up and down the Eastern Seaboard. But the question arises: Has success affected these siblings from Brooklyn?

“Calamari Sisters cook up hilarity”
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June 20, 2013

A Musical Cooking Lesson with the Calamari Sisters is an uproarious and unique show that will keep you laughing out loud from curtain to curtain.

“Calamari Sisters talk cooking”
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June 17, 2013

Hilarity, failed dishes and food fights are sure to ensue when the larger-than-life sisters, Delphine and Carmela Calamari from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn bring their musical cooking show to Newton Theatre for six dates on June 21 to 23 and 28 to 30. And the sisters say they are looking forward to meeting a new audience.

“‘Calamari Sisters’ extended at Society Hill Playhouse”
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November 9, 2012

The all-singing, all-dancing, all-cooking hit musical “Cooking With The Calamari Sisters,” currently playing at the Society Hill Playhouse, has been extended through Sunday, Dec. 2.

“Review: ‘Cooking With the Calamari Sisters'”
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October 15, 2012

Mamma mia! Ladies, wazza-matta you? Ufff! Is this any way to behave in the kitchen? That flour’s not for throwing. That ladle’s not for bashing. And … yikes! … put down th ose guns!

“2 theatrical shows here incorporate cooking as part of their story lines”
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October 11, 2012

The increased popularity of cooking shows has paved the way for adventurous theaters to put on plays that experiment with food prep as live entertainment.

“Out partners cook up a musical hit”
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October 9, 2012

A few years ago, in the aftermath of a dinner party, married partners Jay Falzone and Stephen Smith, along with party host Dan Lavender, cooked up an idea that would become a runaway stage hit: “Cooking With the Calamari Sisters.”

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October 8, 2012

“‘Calamari Sisters’ cook up the laughs at Society Hill Playhouse”
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October 4, 2012

Get three theater professionals in one house in Fire Island over a weekend and what else would they do but write a show?

“BWW Reviews: Non-Stop Fun in COOKING WITH THE CALAMARI SISTERS at Society Hill”
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October 1, 2012

Move over Paula Dean and step to the rear Rachel Ray. Carmella and Delphine Calamari are cooking, singing, dancing and brawling their way to the Food Network! This hodge podge of a cooking show/comedy act actually cooks and serves food to the crowd, as well as invites three victims, AKA unknowing audience members who consequently lose their dignity, at least the men, into their world of mayhem as they share their sorted stories about their Italian family.

“‘Calamari Sisters’ cook up some fun at Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia”

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September 21, 2012

In cooking up the plot to “Cooking with the Calamari Sisters,” Jay Falzone found inspiration in two great cooks — his Italian mother and grandmother.

“Cooking with the Calamaris”

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February 10, 2012

Look out Emeril Lagasse. Watch your back Paula Deen. There’s a new cooking show, starring two sisters from a large New York Italian family coming to town that may bump the popular Food Network stars off the air.

“Serving up the ‘Calamari Sisters'”

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February 9, 2012

There are a whole lot of cooking shows on the ol’ flat screen nowadays. But you’re not likely to find one as, shall we say, lively as the Calamari Sisters’ “Mangia Italiana!” (Translation: “Eat Italian!”)

“Review: ‘Cooking With the Calamari Sisters” in Sugar Loaf”

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September 27, 2011

If you hunger for a dish of comedy with a side of silliness, then this show is the perfect recipe. Indulge your appetite and go taste what the Calamari Sisters are cooking up in Sugar Loaf.

“More Please! Auburn Falls in Love with the Calamari Sisters”

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July 19, 2011

Cooking with the Calamari Sisters was BIG – even bigger than the hearts of those two vivacious sisters, Carmela and Delphine. After a six-week run and forty-seven audiences served, Cooking with the Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiano! was a colossal success for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.

“That’s Italian!”

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July 18, 2011

This delicious foolishness is the brainchild of three men: Jay (James) Falzone, Dan Lavender, and Stephen Smith, and though the program won’t tell you, Dan plays Carmela and Jay is Delphine. The plot is just a pizzelle-thin pretext for pandemonium: This is the sisters’ final show together, as Carmela is off to the “real” world of show biz in Boca Raton. But before long, old rivalries resurface and the ladies are slinging insults along with the salami.

“‘Calamari Sisters’ serve laughs at APT”

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July 16, 2011

The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse couldn’t have picked a more perfect show for audiences to sample the potential of next summer’s Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.

“Lunacy Over-Cooked in MGR’s “Calamari Sisters”

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July 14, 2011

Much like any personality-infused cooking show one might see on “The Food Network” (Emeril, Mario, Rachel, etc.) the centerpiece of the show is the interesting persona, with the food coming in second. From the top of the show when we are introduced to Carmela and Delphine Calamari (Chris French and Bruce Warren, respectively) from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, we know we are in for an uproarious “television” experience. The “sisters” don’t disappoint in that regard.

“Serving Up A Comedy”

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July 10, 2011

The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse continues its 2011 season with “Cooking With the Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiano!” The interactive musical comedy stars Carmela and Delphine Calamari, two vivacious sisters with an Italian cooking television program on public access television.

Food Fights With the Calamari Sisters

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January 4, 2011

As the story goes, these ladies discover that their cooking show is about to get chopped from the lineup at the public access cable station, so they drown their woes by singing Italian favorites like “That’s Amore,” “Come On-A My House,” and “Mambo Italiano” while cooking and throwing food around. Typical siblings, if you ask us.

Cooking with the Calamari Sisters is a feast for eyes, ears and stomach!”

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August 9, 2010

Thank goodness we haven’t heard the last of the Calamari Sisters because Delphine announced at the end of the production that there would be a Christmas play coming up soon. December can’t get here soon enough!


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