A new play about one of Buffalo's old neighborhoods will be given a professional staged reading starting Sunday in the Calumet, 56 W. Chippewa St. In "Bread and Onions: The Last Neighborhood," Joseph G. Giambra comes to grips with the destruction of the old Sicilian community around St. Anthony's Church in the name of urban renewal. Giambra, a writer, musician, cook and actor, and well-known in Buffalo theater circles, calls his play a "poetic odyssey embracing four decades."
To add to the evening's flavor, literally and figuratively, there will be music by pianist Dick Mecca, historic photographs by Jerry Greenberg from the period, and a Sicilian dinner supervised by Giambra for those who want to eat at 6 before the performance at 7:30. Michele Gigante directs the performance, with John Buscaglia, John Warren, Paul Tadaro, Giambra and herself taking parts.