The Space

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Tony Russo is a native Brooklynite whose world is about to explode. Tony’s life, which is deeply anchored in his cherished rent-stabilized Park Slope apartment, has been way too cushy for the past twenty years. His best kept secret of being a recent New York State lottery winner pulls him further into his comfort zone locking him into a destructive world of addictions. More

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About Vincent Caruso

Vincent Caruso’s book The Space, is based on his first full length play which premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His two other full length plays, Countdown, and Leftovers, was presented at the Midtown International Theater Festival. Countdown, critically acclaimed, "a remarkable screwball comedy with grit," is about an Italian family in Bensonhurst. Leftovers, an engrossing drama about the lives of three promiscuous men, mirrors a sort of Manhattan version of “Queer as Folk.” He has produced many short plays at the LGBT center in New York City. His short piece, Lemon Kisses, dealing with bullying and self-esteem was seen at the LGBT center, The Wings Theater, and aired on Brooklyn Cable Access Television. Sugar Bait was presented at the LGBT center, and the Samuel French Short Play-writing Contest. Vincent participated in the " Tip My Cup Quickie", a 24 hour play-writing festival (creative team given 24 hours to write, rehearse, and perform an original short play), presented at the Duplex Cabaret in the Village. Vincent Caruso’s hilarious one man show, staring himself, Sister-Mary Sister-Mary Sofa was seen at Dixon’s Place Hot Festival and also at East End Stables in the East Hamptons. Vincent is a graduate of William Esper Studios, having studied with Maggie Flanigan.

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Johnnycakes22 reviewed on Jan. 14, 2019

Oops. I forgot to put how many stars. Giggle. Siskel and Ebert-RELAX!!!
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Johnnycakes22 reviewed on Jan. 14, 2019
(no rating)
The "Id has landed in Park Slope"!! Vincent Caruso's "The Space" confronts the lucky reader with a chance to go on a journey with a first person protagonist who may not be very likeable at times, but is all too human to those who care to look deeply enough. And our protagonist-Tony-proudly points a middle finger to the gentrification of "Park Slope" (which I am told was just called "South Brooklyn" before the money and pretension moved in) by the yuppie zombie horde of the apocalypse and doesn't seem to give a F!@# who sees him do it!
Id is the part of The Self under our Ego, where our shadows lie. Our addictions. The parts of us we would rather not have others (or ourself) see so readily. Our story teller-Tony Mario Russo-lives his Id out fully. Which makes him completely insufferable. Yet truly endears him when he struggles to do the right thing, often in spite of himself. The wonderfully vivid circle of friends that Mr. Caruso has created to surround Tony is the best part of "The Space", and what gives Tony life. They make Tony get up from his "Suicide Sundays" when his addictions have laid him down low. Certain friends-beautiful lost soul Nick and esp the glorious drag queen Michael-will resonate long after the last page is finished and that is a testimony to Mr. Caruso's talent for character and how people just try to love each other on a page, you know?
Just try to love each other on a freakin' page.
To experience that was well worth the journey through Tony's bizarre, sometimes frightening and often hilarious bedroom antics-whatever your sexual proclivities might be. And that was what Tony hopefully comes away with as his quite fragile world is shattered at the end and he walks out into his still beloved Brooklyn-a bit broken, but still strong.
I do hope Mr. Caruso takes us on some more journeys through some fabulous characters again soon. I mean-who doesn't LOVE to put on a pair of strawberry pumps over some new hose and do his/her best rendition of "Don't Rain on My Parade"? Mr. Caruso-get writing again! This world needs some more of the kind of love that you can give, sir. And a few good "flips of the bird" are always more than welcome, too.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
andrew masterson reviewed on Feb. 4, 2013

What starts out as a slow and edgy bit of an obnoxious beginning leads you into this fast pacing story of an honest man caught up in a world of addictions. The drag aspect of it kind of took me by surprise – but I got it. I think a lot of gay men in particular can relate to this material dealing with challenging relationships and friendships. I also think it’s the author’s crazy sarcastic humor that makes this book a very special read indeed. Highly recommended!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Melisa Carbajal reviewed on Dec. 16, 2012

A very funny, yet sensitive, honest, and raw narrative. An amazing cast of characters! Highly recommendly for straight as well as gay audiences! It speaks to all from the heart!
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
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