Father Knows Best? Is There An App For That?

“The Secret of 50, Fatherhood and Facebook” is written and performed by Vince Cefalú.

It’s no secret that traditional roles for men and women have shattered into a million pieces recently. Daddy doesn’t have just one job, he has multiple interests, and Mommy’s got a career of her own. In fact, many families these days have to check their e-mail just to keep track of each other.

It’s into this world of schedule-juggling that actor, writer, husband, father, former stand-up comic and now solo performer Vince Cefalú enters with “The Secret of 50, Fatherhood and Facebook,” a series of wry monologues about the fractured nature of modern life, written from the perspective of a slightly baffled, but very amused former 20-something who now finds himself on the down slope of 50 with marriage and a 3 1/2 year-old son.

“I’d always wanted to do a solo show, but I knew I didn’t want to do somebody else’s material,” says Cefalú. Then one midnight he stumbled into his bathroom and began writing a piece about his father. “And it came out in verse, for some reason!” Cefalú laughs.

From there, he continued to obey his muse until he’d collected about a dozen observational pieces. A friend, director Lori Tubert, encouraged him to write more until an entire one-man show had taken shape.

Cefalú fires his wit at multiple targets, including the phenomenon of The Secret, the best-seller from a few years back, and the Facebook craze. “At first I couldn’t believe all the hype about Facebook,” says Cefalú, “And I shrugged it off. As it turned out, I wound up using Facebook to promote my show!”

Vince Cefalu’s “The Secret of 50, Fatherhood and Facebook” performs on Friday and Saturday nights, September 3rd through October 9th at 8:00 p.m. at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks 91423. Tickets are $20.00. They can be purchased online at: www.theatermania.com or by calling: 866-811-4111. To RSVP or for more information, call: 818-207-2640.


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