This story from Scottish playwright Elizabeth Fotheringham revolves around one charismatic young gent and the trio of vastly different women that comprise his life. The protagonist, played by Jason Nicoli, is the proprietor of an Italian Café and the preponderance of the piece takes place in his establishment. Gino gets into difficulty owing to his nice nature that makes him show care and concern to ladies other than his seamstress girlfriend, Grace, by name and nature (Played by Charlotte Newton John). One of whom is trouble-on-legs Alice (Natalie Pownall) a hard drinking, hard flirting hussy and a train very much derailed and the other is his friend Linda, a mature and intelligent teacher who becomes entangled in an undesirable match with a married man.
The setting of 50’s London complemented with the allure of the Italian man and further enhanced by excellent comic timing and witty repartees made this a joy to watch. However it’s not all a song and dance and darker themes are explored to a dramatic crescendo. The little vignettes profit from the employment of stereotypes and cliché’s which makes for hilarious carry-on and while there are some deeper themes behind the gloss, the humour of it all is certainly the highlight.
With outstanding performances from the cast and cute period details from the pretty props to the sublime scoring, it has all the quaint charm of a classic ice cream vehicle.