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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..."
"Funny and moving..."
(Globe and Mail - Toronto)
"Cu'Fu is what's good for you... it
"Master storyteller and
(The Spectator - Hamilton)
"Chiarelli's charm is a
strength of the show, as is his mean blues harmonica playing."
(Now Magazine - Toronto)
howlingly funny and perceptive..."
"Call him the Sicilian Spalding Gray,
perhaps, or the Hamilton Mark Twain."
"Intelligent and heart
(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)