Candice Guardino’s ‘Italian Bred’
Candice Guardino stops in the area with her comic tour de force. The writer/actress/storyteller is making a name for herself with her creative brand of comedy and family humor. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, Guardino’s family always spoke at full volume. But they weren’t fighting, “that’s just how they communicated.” Within this 85-minute solo show, Guardino slips in and out of her family impersonations as she cooks up a full meal of growing up Staten Island. The stories in “Italian Bred” are derived from her real childhood experiences. She recounts her upbringing by impersonating her family’s unique personalities, especially that of her outspoken Grandma Frannie’s unfiltered words and wisdom. Inspired by the acting career of her famous late uncle, Harry Guardino, this heartwarming theatrical comedy includes unique stories of the distinctive personalities of relatives, and video cameos from friends Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace”), Mario Cantone (“Sex & the City”), Steve Schirripa (“The Sopranos”), and Vic DiBitteto (“Mall Cop 2”).
Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. $45, $38, $30. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or
Direct from the People’s Republic of China, this ensemble of elite circus performers thrills young and old alike with their amazing feats of agility, strength, and poise. Their performance is a colorful and lively celebration of the Chinese circus arts, which are famous throughout the world. Cirque Mei blends ancient artistry with breathtaking energy during a non-stop extravaganza of acrobatics, contortion tricks, juggling acts, and balancing feats. The troupe includes 40 leading circus artists and acrobats from the northern Hebei Province who execute many of the most popular Chinese circus routines. Experience their approach to traditional and contemporary Chinese circus acts in their lively performance, which includes hoops diving, lion dance, collective bicycle skills, flying meteors, foot juggling with umbrellas, contortion, and ladder balancing. The entire family will delight in this spectacle.
Sunday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. $66, $46, $36. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.