Laughter and Death Wear Pinstripes

“Mafioso hijinks” — what a sick-minded concept. What do Mafioso hijinks look like? If you’ve seen Goodfellas, you have an idea. They look like Tommy DeVito (played by Joe Pesci), a man with self-worth issues eclipsed only by his cache of firearms and a pack of goons who’ll kill anyone on his cue. He corners Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) after a seemingly harmless comment, asking increasingly angry variations of “What? Do you think I’m funny?” Hill believes he’s about to die. There’s gigantic silence. And DeVito laughs. Just fuckin’ widya! Tonight, a pack of faux goons takes DeVito’s question as the subtitle of Goodfellas: Live, an expanded illustration of Mafioso hijinks. Hill and DeVito are central to the story. They go in with Jimmy Conway on “the heist of a lifetime.” But Hill’s partners kill off everyone involved, leaving behind only these important questions: “Will Henry be able to save his marriage? Will Tommy get made? Will Jimmy whack Morrie, the wig man? Will Paulie eat a cannoli?” Our guesses are “No,” “Yes,” “We don’t know,” and “Probably.” Find out for yourself — if you’ve got the nerve.
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