Father Knows Best? Is There An App For That?

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“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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