Review: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti closes out the season at Stoneham Theatre

Angelica Potter

Based on the memoir ‘I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti’ by Giulia Melucci and adapted by Jacques Lamarre, this one-woman play stars Kerri Jill Garbis as Giulia and was directed by Ilyse Robbins. Giulia, invites the audience into her kitchen as she prepares a three-course meal and shares stories of past loves, life lessons and of course food.

With a scenic design by Erik D. Diaz, the fully functional kitchen set included ample counter space, working sink, refrigerator, and stove top. The audience got a kick out of watching her prepare her Bolognese sauce and fresh, hand-made pasta. Eight audience members, who were seated on the sides of the stage, got to enjoy everything she made, while the rest of us merely watched the steam rise from the pots on the stove and enjoyed the smell of what looked like a delicious Italian meal.

Garbis was wonderful as Giulia. She was able to easily keep the audience engaged with her great story-telling all while creating a three-course Italian meal. She was believable, funny and a delight to watch. It truly felt like we were just old friends sitting in her kitchen, listening to her stories, and watching her cook. This light-hearted and fun play was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience who spent much of their time chuckling at Melucci and Lamarre’s clever writing. ©

‘I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti’ runs about 2 hours including intermission and plays at Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St. Stoneham, until June 25th. Tickets range $50- $55 Adults, $45-$50 Seniors and $20 Students (with valid ID). For tickets or more information visit or call the box office at 781-279-2200. Photo credit: Kerri Jill Garbis* courtesy Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots.


Angelica has an A.S. in Theatre, earned a specialty degree in Shakespeare from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in Psychology from SNHU. In addition to writing, she stays busy teaching dance and choreographing for a local studio. 

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