By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The two stars of the gender-bending local comedy play, “Cooking with the Calamari Sisters,” spent their Columbus Day holiday exploring their Italian roots, Philly style!

On stage at the Society Hill Playhouse, actors Jay Falzone and Stephen Smith play Delphine and Carmela Calamari, two sisters who have a cooking show on cable that includes singing, dancing, and cooking up laughs.

(Both talking:)  “Mambo Italiano!”  “Volare!”  “Amore — we love it.”  “Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, c’mon.”

Falzone and Smith spent their Monday in character and in full dress as the larger-than-life sisters.

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(Credit: Steve Tawa)


Outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, they climbed the famous steps.

“They didn’t have an escalator,” notes one.  “They should have a sign that you need to come back down,” says the other.

Then they checked out the “Rocky” statue.

“I’m a little uncomfortable with the way everyone gropes him,” one says.

Next, they dove into a cheesesteak at Geno’s, in South Philadelphia.

“I’m going to say it right: a cheesesteak wit’!  Did I say it right?”

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