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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 23, 2015 The time of year when families gather for reunions, dinners and parties also means the funniest family function around,Peter Fogel arrives in Boston for two weeks only, December 9 to December 20, 2015 in Steve Solomon's My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm Home for the Holidayst, playing at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA. Presented by Philip Roger Roy and Dana Matthow, the comedy chaos continues in this critically acclaimed sequel to Steve Solomon's original, three-time award-winning hit, My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy. Directed by Andrew Rogow, this hilarious one-man show follows Steve's struggles to get home for the holidays. While trapped in the airport, Steve (played by Peter Fogel) goes through the hilari- ous craziness of dealing with the bureaucracy and the challenges of handling hysterical phone calls from his family In a wonderfully funny performance, Fogel tackles the holidays, his adolescence, mixed marriage, ex-wives, dogs. cats, dieting and dozens of other uproarious and endless relatable situations each performed with dialects and wacky sound effects that only add to the hilarity of each story. And then there's the holiday dinner at Grandma's where, if you're under 55, you still sit at the children's table, ~d 35 over-fed people compete for one bathroom (with no plunger!) My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy plays for just two weeks at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA. Tickets are available online at or via telephone at 781-646-4849. For group rates and information call 1-888-264-1788. The Regent Theatre is wheelchair accessible. TheRegent The- atre has FREE parking right across the street from the theatre on weeknights and Saturday after 6pm, and all day Sunday! All spots are free (including "permit o)nl~ spots) after listed times. (O~ober 8, THOUGHTSI BY DAN ABOUT THIS 8< THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso JUAN DOMINGO PERON 1895, Buenos Aires, Argentine-July 1, 1974, A Puzzle of a Man The Per6ns, Argentina's iconic royal couple. It's hard to get a solid unbiased grip on the legacy of Juan Domingo Per6n, who was presi- dent of Argentina three times (1946-51, 1952-55, and 1973- 74). Not only because so much of his time ruling the country is discussed through the eyes of his wife, Evita Duarte, but because his admiration for fascist regimes is a hard point to overlook. Who the real Juan Per6n was is indeed an enigmatic question. His poli- cies and' legacies are widely de- bated, remaining a starkly divi- sive figure in Argentina pitting the Peronistas (the coining of that political term is the clearest indi- cation of his continued influence in Argentinian politics), against the lower classes. Buenos Aires): It's important to remember here, however, that Per6n's intro- duction to Mussolini was before the Italian leader joined forces with Hitler. and his willful adop- tion of Mussolini's fiscal were separated from Hitler's hatred, anti-Semitism, and plain lunacy. For the young Argentinian gen- eral. Italy's policies during the early war years were a useful path to creating an equal socio- economic state in which all classes contributed and benefited from the national output. The Juan Perbn a man of the state would control all unions, people ... and business. policies, arid be responsible for resolving all worker disputes, less of their economic class. Paid The leader of the state would vacations became a standard for then appoint delegates to each everyone, but students who were corporation, working to support their families As the war years saw tradi- while going to school were given tional fascism come tumbling an extra week before exams. In down, PerSn likely tweaked his addition, maternity leave was role model and created a modi- granted for three months and the fled rule upon his fh-st presi- rights of workers everywhere dency, which would form the were improved. nutshell of his legacy. He divided However, the government got Argentina into a number of cor- too big to be controlled by one porations with strong political party, as Per6n had devised. His weight. He nationalized the Cen- economic boom was not without tral Bank of Argentina, created its disadvantages. Most telling the state-owned Promotion of was the amount of fertile land left Trade to monitor imports and uncultivated due to government exports, and gave himself, once interference, which resulted in a This was born out of his mili- elected democratically in 1946, workers' strike. This kind of cli- tary tenure in Mussolini's Italy control of the industries without mate would facilitate the efforts from 1939-194 i, where he bega B legislative red tape.of Arturo Frondizi, when he or- to see Mussolini's practices ~'a There were .i~an_y goo~ things g~ acoup in over- useful way to avoid dictatorship, to come out of this an~0 this thr~iw~er6n. Once he su~C~ed day many Argentintans defend (with the 11~p of businessman class warfare, and the disappear- ance of states in his own coun- try. However valid his fears were, ABOUT PETER J. FOGEL An award-winning international sitcom writer, comedian, hu- morist, and published author whcF has performed in the United and later Argentinian history States, Canada and Australia. for over 25 years has been touring proved that they were not alto- the USA for the past two years performi as SteVe, in Steve getherunf6unded thedicta-tor% Solomon's My Mother's Italian, My Fat~'s~h & i,m in~ propaganda work~ on Per6n. Therapy! as well as My Mother's Italian ... & I'm Home for the IIolidayst Peter is no stranger to theatrical audiences. He has worked on over twenty-two television programs including Com/c Str/p L/re, Comedy on the Road, Married with Children, Unhappily Ever After, Chicago Sons and Men Behaving Badly/He's appeared on many major networks including HBO, NBC MTV, PBS and A&E. Over the years, Peter has shared the stage with Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, Robert Klein, Ed Asner, Harry Anderson and Dennis Miller to name just a few. 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