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Providence man heading to NY for one-man play

Nick Albanese, who is a Providence comedian, actor, and writer, is headed to New York City for a 10-day run of his one-man-play, "The Last Sicilian."

A Providence comedian, actor, and writer is headed to New York City for a 10-day run of his one-man-play, "The Last Sicilian."

Nick Albanese grew up the son of Sicilian immigrants on Charles Street in Providence, with the whole family living on the second floor above his father's bakery, and rolls those funny but true-life experiences into his show.

“My dad is, like, the main character, and my uncle too, my dad's brother Nino, he's another character that people love. And I play my mom as well, I play myself as a child,” said Albanese, tucked in the corner of the Characters Cafe Theatre 82 in Cranston, where he’s been performing the show for the past two years.

“It's a positive image I think of the Italian-American experience,” he added. “People -- Portuguese, Spanish, Jewish, all types of people -- come up to me after the show and totally relate to it.”

The show was seen by actor and former East Providence cop Armen Garo who's been in “The Sopranos” and in the movie “American Hustle,” to name a few. He's producing the "The Last Sicilian" at the 13th Street Theatre Company in Greenwich Village, New York, starting January 17, for a 10-day run.

Albanese is excited about the project.

“Doing the 10 shows, I told my wife, it's like buying 10 lottery tickets because you never know who's going to walk in and see the show, and want to take it to the next level,” Albanese said.

While Albanese has been performing in Rhode Island in the "black box" theatre setting, when he goes Off Broadway, it'll be traditional, with the stage above, and the audience down below.

He’s hoping with this exposure, the show could wind up being “a movie, or maybe on Broadway. Or take it on a tour. Or even if they don't like the show and they like me, maybe they want to give me a role on a TV show or a movie. Even to find an agent would be great.”

Albanese has been at the "trying to make it" thing for a while, but is not giving up, with words like these: “You have to love doing what you do. If you don't love it, then why even bother doing it!”

For more information about the play, click here.

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