Peter Carrozzo

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (2 of 2)
Location: Flushing, New York
Birthday: Jan. 29
In My Own Words:
I am an attorney and (amateur) historian. My interest is in plays and history. I am a fan of David Halberstam, August Wilson and the great Harry S. Truman. I hope my reviews are helpful. If you want to get soused and discuss the works I have reviewed (and you're in New York) drop me a line. 'The world stands aside for the man who knows where he's going.' -Harley Earle


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The Birth of Empire: DeWitt Clinton and the Americ&hellip by Evan Cornog
Evan Cornog has crafted an expert depiction and analysis of the life of DeWitt Clinton: the early nineteenth century mayor of New York City, governor of New York State and champion of the Erie Canal. Cornog puts this man in historical perspective; he ruled at the twilight of the age of elite, privileged politicians and the dawn of the age of popular democratic mass politics. Ironically, Clinton, the quintessential product of the former political age, helped usher in the latter by championing election reform, public education and the canal itself.
The historical ironies of the canal expressed by Cornog are insightful. Clinton was a proponent of federal funding for internal… Read more
Side Man: A Play by Warren Leight
Side Man: A Play by Warren Leight
Warren Leight's brilliant salute to the jazz musicians of his youth. Leight creates a world long past where jazz musician be-bopped their way into immortality among the select few who "got it" in their small jazz world. It is a world of gigs until dawn with legendary musicians, passing joints, unemployment lines, and speaking not words but chords and riffs. Depicted as the casualties of this world are the neglected familes of these musicians ignored as outsiders and civilians.
The playwright easily glides through time (one moment in the present, the next moment thirty years in the past)with the ease of Arthur Miller.
One senses loss in the fading of these jazz… Read more
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
August Wilson's subtly brilliant work examines the manner in which an African-American family copes with its past. The central character of the play--the piano--is a pictoral history of the family, carved by a woodcarving ancestor from the families slavery days. The fascinating confrontation between Berniece, who cherishes the piano, and Boy Willie, who wishes to sell the piano and use the profit to buy the land their family tilled as slaves, gives the reader a thought-provoking dilemma. Should one cling to the past or use it to make one's future?
Although it seems Berniece is right, there is something in Boy Willie's exuberant pursuit of the American dream that makes the reader… Read more