Ralph Maffongelli Announces Reviews of Love and Merger

Ralph Maffongelli Announces Reviews of Love and Merger

Ralph Maffongelli follows up one successful show at the Final Approach Restaurant with another that promises to be much funnier than the last, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!”

ScriptCover1024_LoveAndMergerSheboygan Falls Wisconsin, January 28th, 2012 – The reviews are in from the December 2011 performance of Sapperstein & Murway’s “Love and Merger,” performed at the Final Approach Restaurant at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport and directed by Sheboygan’s own Ralph Maffongelli.

“We had a good time, it was wonderful!  We enjoyed the show and look forward to many more,” was the general theme of audience comments shared with Ralph after their performance of Regal’s.

Now, with this show under their belts, Ralph and the J&G Gypsies have announced their 2012 show calendar, already taking ticket orders for February’s performance of “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!” starring Kevin Horne and Eileen McCormick-Kelm as “Man” and “Woman.”

“As a theatrical director, I have read many new scripts, some requested and some not.  The vast majority of them were so poorly written, that I could not figure out how people could put their names on them let alone submit them for production.  That was NOT the case with any of the Sapperstein & Murway works I’ve had the pleasure of reading, however,” shared Ralph in a recent interview.

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

When asked about why he chose this work as the answer to audience’s demand for more shows, Ralph had to say, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus really caught my eye.  Written as a modern, up-to-date Adam and Eve story, the piece is well conceived, unified and consistent.  The characters are believable because their actions and objectives are well motivated and the dialogue is not only convincing, but flows smoothly. Most importantly, the dramatized situation – within the convention initially established – is very plausible.  We witness a beautiful relationship develop between Man and Woman in a very gradual and very believable manner.  But the literary elements and carefully constructed structure are utilized not for their own sake, but to create a totally light-hearted, audience-friendly, easy to enjoy comedy.  Laughter is the objective and the technique is never allowed to get in the way of the purpose of the piece.  The situations, in which the characters find themselves and their reactions, are written in such a universal way that audiences will certainly relate to them, but will also find them hysterically funny.”

“Ralph and J&G are working to create a new model for theatre presentation, one that’s all about the audience and their desire to simply have a good time.  We are not here to be ‘artsy’ or ‘over-dramatized’.  We just want to have fun and we want to do it with our audiences.  We encourage our actors to ‘play’ with the audience in order to enhance their entertainment experience and make them feel a part of it all,” shared Judith Sapperstein, one-half of Sapperstein & Murway.

“So many of our audience members pulled me aside after the show’s in December to thank us for bringing something fun and new to them, that they’re so very tired of the same old works being done over and over again,” Judith stated.

In answer to audience demand, the 2012 season begins just in time for Valentine’s Day, February 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th with Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus.  Tickets are on sale now by calling toll free, 215-345-5550.  Dinner, the show, tax and gratuity are all inclusive in the price of a ticket and group rates are available.
ScriptCover1024_Bloomin2015_SC“In April, we begin to bring new musicals to our wonderful audience, starting with Bloomin! a work that holds a very special place in my heart,” concludes Judith.  To learn more about the show schedule and what each show is all about, you are asked to please visit the J&G Gypsy website.

The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  For additional information, please visit the J&G website at http://www.TLCScripts.com.

The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price.  The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions and more.  To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.

Tracy Byrne, VP, CMO

Ralph Maffongelli Announces Reviews of Love and Merger

Regals Last Resort, now called Love and Merger, First on Funny

Love and Merger was formerly called Regal's Last Resort

Love and Merger was formerly called Regal’s Last Resort

Released August, 2010, Regal’s Last Resort promises to keep you laughing all the way through.  This fun new comedy from Sapperstein & Murway, Buck’s County’s latest creative team, requires minimal sets and a cast of only 8 with 2 additional members hiding in the audience.


It’s 1996 and the town of Regal, South Carolina is going bankrupt.  The town grew up surrounding the Regal Typewriter Company and with the advent of the computer, nobody wants typewriters anymore.

The town founder, owner of the Regal Typewriter Company, Colonel Beaumont, dies of old age and having no heirs, leaves his entire estate to the town of Regal.

Through much discussion, it is decided that, with all the experienced talent on the Board, the best thing to do is to turn the Factory into a Shopping Bazaar and the Colonel’s large home estate into a posh Hotel Resort and Spa.

On the Board is an Attorney, an Accountant, a Building Contractor, an Interior Designer, a High School Gym Teacher, a Real Estate Broker and Daisy Biskett.  Daisy is the owner of the local restaurant and has written and published a cook book.

Then there is Masood Habibi.  He is the owner of Habibi Fine Rugs, which always seems to be running a 20% off sale.  Masood, being the clever businessman that he is, has his own agenda.

The greed sets in and everyone see’s an opportunity to get rich quick.  Finally depleting the town coffers of all working capital, they must make an accounting at a Town Hall meeting, but they have backed themselves into a corner.

Miraculously there is an anonymous buyer that wants to purchase the Hotel Resort at a very good price and quickly.  However, the Townspeople become suspicious after the council sell’s the Hotel and restores the town’s bank account with the proceeds.

The Townspeople rebel until finally, Daisy Biskett can’t take it anymore.  She hysterically announces that SHE is the buyer.  She has made so much money from the sale of her cook book, that she is more than able to make the purchase.

There is greed, fist fights, a secret sexual tryst, unrequited love, several 20% off sales and in the end, there is even talk of a bordello.

CONTACT J&G today to receive a free perusal script of Regal’s Last Resort 215-345-5550 or email Creative@JandGUnlimited.com

Learn more about Regal’s Last Resort on our website, click here.

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