Blood Type: Ragu
Company: Bon Vivant Enterprises
Genre: Play — Dramedy
Venue: 10 — Planetarium Auditorium
Writer/performer Frank Ingrasciotta's solo show would probably be accused of perpetuating a host of stereotypes, if it wasn't his own coming-of-age tale.
As it is, it has a ring of sometimes uncomfortable honesty.
Ingrasciotta grew up as a first-generation Italian-American in Brooklyn, in a household where dinner was akin to a religious sacrament, superstition shaped life choices and tempers ran hot — often with violent results.
It's a heartfelt monologue, with plenty of drama and comedy, though perhaps not quite enough to fully sustain its 85-minute running time.
What does sustain, though, is Ingrasciotta's flawless, precisely timed performance. Playing a host of characters, he imbues each with enough distinct personality to escape caricature. It's enough to make Blood Type: RAGU satisfying for most Fringers.