Housewives of Secaucus – A Suburban Travesty Spins Off in NYC
By: Paulanne Simmons
Back in 2012, when The Real Housewives franchise was at its height, playwright, actress and producer Nancy Levine saw an opportunity. Her company, Laugh Out Loud Productions, had been producing shows for seniors, called “luncheon shows,” for a while, and she needed a new play.
“I thought a spoof would be fun,” she recalls.
Thus Housewives of Secaucus – A Suburban Travesty was born. And it turned out the spoof wasn’t just a hit with seniors. It’s also been performed to enthusiastic crowds at Don’t Tell Mama and Feinstein’s/54 Below. And beginning Nov. 11, it’s starting a 6-week run at The Broadway Comedy Club.
For many, a spoof of any of these reality shows might seem beyond the range of possibility. After all, Mob Wives and The Real Housewives of…, with their boozy, catty housewives, are pretty outlandish to start with. But Levine says, “We’re bringing it one step over that.”
Housewives of Secaucus follows five women – Anita Martini (Nancy Levine), Brenda Buttafucco (Leslie C. Nemet, Carla Palloia (Lydia Fiore), Rita Rigatoni (Samantha Lara Levine), and Donatella DiCoppa (Aileen Santiago) – and their efforts to free a sixth housewife, Nookie, who is languishing in jail after having been arrested at a bar, where she was attending a bachelorette party with her infant son.
To raise money, the five ladies host a combination talent/fashion show which encourages members of the audience to walk the catwalk and dance in the aisles.The housewives also have great voices, which can be heard in songs like “Sisters are doing it for themselves,” “I Will Survive” “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Proud Mary.”
Best of all, Housewives of Secaucus in New York City promises to be as juicy as the Big Apple itself.
Housewives of Secaucus – A Suburban Travesty plays the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W. 53 Street on Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, and 16 at 3pm.