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Cu'Fu? (Pronounced Koo Foo) translates into "Who Did It?" - a Sicilian's touching and hilarious  response to life's perplexing moments. It is written and performed by Charly Chiarelli, a one-person tour de force. In the rich tradition of  storytelling, Charly transforms the spoken word into a spellbinding journey. He explores the joys and struggles encountered by a Sicilian family adapting to Canadian urban life. The scenes are vivid and engaging. It is a brilliant blend of storytelling, acting, and musical creativity. Charly's distinct, Sicilian-Canadian essence dances in the footsteps of bygone and contemporary storytellers.

"Heart , humour and generosity of spirit..."
(Toronto Star)

"Funny and moving..."
(Globe and Mail - Toronto)

"Cu'Fu is what's good for you... it resonates."
(National Post)

"Master storyteller and harmonica virtuoso..."
(Toronto.com)

"...achingly tender...deliriously funny".
(The Spectator - Hamilton)

"Chiarelli's charm is a strength of the show, as is his mean blues harmonica playing."
(Now Magazine - Toronto)

"Brilliant, howlingly funny and perceptive..."
(Ottawa Citizen)

"Call him the Sicilian Spalding Gray, perhaps, or the Hamilton Mark Twain."
(Edmonton Journal)

"Intelligent and heart warming..."
(CBC Radio - National Broadcast)

Though "Cu'Fu" is an intensely personal story of cultural transplantation, it resonates with universal themes. Standing ovations and sell-out houses make it evident that Cu'Fu is a story for all times and all people. This biographical work zigzags into many of life's vital nooks:

  • When do you pull the plug on the life support system?
  • What is intelligence and does school really make you smarter?
  • Marijuana, figs and zucchini, all growing side by side in the downtown Hamilton garden of an immigrant Sicilian family!
  • The importance of family, friends and neighbourhood.

"It was a delightful peak into a fascinating life and family"
(Ottawa X Press)