About This Show

The Way of the Wise Guy, is a hilarious, yet chilling portrait of the world of the mafia — showing a typical day in the life of a gangster; the “dos and don’ts” of the mafia code; their interactions with their families and other thugs, and their unique and creative handling of language. Leo Rossi stars as Joseph D. Pistone, who spent a six-year period living as “Donnie Brasco,” an undercover F.B.I. agent who infiltrated New York’s notorious Bonanno Mafia family, leading to the arrest of more than 150 criminals. Pistone is our tour guide for this incisive deconstruction of organized crime in New York City, stripping away Hollywood’s glamorized portrayal of mobsters as he interacts with a series of “virtual” actors who appear larger than life, via state-of-the art moving projectors.

Show Details

Running Time: 1hr 30min (0 intermissions)
Dates: Opening Night: February 14, 2006 Final Performance: April 2, 2006
Location: Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, Illinois

777 N Green St,



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