Ends Dec 15 | 1h 20m | West Village

25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

About the show

In this solo piece, comedian Judy Gold and playwright Kate Moira Ryan weave actual interviews with Jewish mothers across the United States together with memories from Gold’s childhood. More…

From the show:

Part memoir and part stand-up routine, this hilarious and affecting play breaks down just what makes Jewish mothers so lamentable, laughable, and lovable. In 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, comedian Judy Gold and playwright Kate Moira Ryan seamlessly weave actual interviews with Jewish mothers across the United States together with memories from Gold’s childhood and her own experiences as a Jewish mother in order to create a performance piece that explores it all: from rugelach to rabbis, matzoh to marriage, Ann Landers to Anne Frank, and guilt to G-D. Judy is a Primary Stages ESPA Instructor and 2019 Einhorn Mentorship Award recipient.


Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent
80
Avg Score

79
Entertaining, Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if you like to laugh abt things Jewish...esp'ly mothers. JG is charming, warm, self-deprecating, insightful. Some stories are moving, inspiring

Don't see it if you're uninterested in subj. 25Q is perfect for NYC. Staging's a bit dull (back-forth to chair). Not sure karaoke works. JG sh protect voice

90
Quirky, Resonant, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want a mix of humor & heart, stand-up & storytelling. You like memoir and/or interview stories. You like parenting stories.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows. You dislike memoirs. You prefer shows w/out stand-up elements. You don't like parenting stories.

85
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Parts sociology lab,life story, stand-up & mother/daughter relationship play. An easy & commanding gallop to gay comic's message:I'm like U.

Don't see it if Don't need to be of the faith to have one, to be one, or to recognise one of that certain domineering character trait with a label.

74
Judy is smart and skilled.

See it if Jewish, enjoy Gold's standup matl, interested in mother/daughter relationships, exploring one's culture & meaning, memoir plus characters.

Don't see it if This feels like recycled material that's been marginally updated. It's mostly a standup routine that's reasonably funny & a little poignant.

72
Entertaining, Amusing, Appealing, Relevant, Poignant

See it if you like a stand up comedian telling her life story involving Judaism, having a Jewish mother, being a lesbian jewish mother & some laughs

Don't see it if you expect to see a traditional stand up comedy show with one joke & laugh after another rather than focusing on one's life story.

95
Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you enjoy female solo stand-up comedy/memoir/documentary about the educated urban lesbian Jewish mom and Jewish mother/daughter relationship

Don't see it if you do not enjoy female stand-up comedy emphasizing lesbian and straight Jewish woman and mother/daughter relationship perspectives

Also Judy is honest, real, insightful, sensitive, and talented.

83
Great staging, Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a well staged stand-up show.

Don't see it if you expect a play. This is definitely not a play.

Also Judy Gold is a very, very good stand-up comedian and she brings those ... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Poignant, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Judy Gold. To see something very funny with some poignant and touching moments. She commands the stage.

Don't see it if you don't like one woman shows or an exploration of mother/daughter dynamics. If you have seen Judy do stand-up, it might feel repetitive.

78
Refreshing, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy 1-woman shows, revolving around Jewish humor, with some touches of Gay thrown in

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-woman shows; Jewish humor

Also Cleverly done. Includes material gathered from interviews with many Je... Read more Read less

65
Poignant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Pleasant

See it if You love Judy Gold. I always see anything that Judy Gold is in. I enjoy her company.

Don't see it if If you expect to be laughing continually. He performance is more poignant than funny.

83
Had pathos, Funny, Clever

See it if Judy Gold is very talented and combined her stand up, her own mother- daughter story & new characters she interviewed. Laughed out loud!

Don't see it if Some of her story she’s told before but there was a lot of unexpected pathos added as she matured and explored other mother’s stories.

81
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you like stereotypes, you like a good laugh, you know a Jewish mother, you had a Jewish mother

Don't see it if you want to see a serious play

76
Cliched, Resonant, Dated, Entertaining

See it if gold is a big presence, friendly, good mimic-sometimes funny/smart commentary about her mother, ex partner and being a Jewish, lesbian, comi

Don't see it if She is uneven-sometimes trying g to tap into pathos before hitting a punch line. Many of the stories feel recycled from past shows.

77
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Your Jewish or know the score

Don't see it if Your an antisemite or don’t know anything about Jews.

79
Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see a very funny comedian talk about being a mother,a Jewish mother with stories that anyone can relate to.

Don't see it if There is nothing new here. I saw Judy do this show about a decade ago.

79
Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you will enjoy a cross between confessional and stand-up.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy either a one-woman show or Jewish mothers.

96
Comedian solo show, Must see, Touching, Hilarious, Emotion rollercoaster ride

See it if a lesbian Jewish comedian’s autobiographical show - the versatile actor acts out all Jewish mothers, including her own; unique perspective

Don't see it if .. to milestone events in this country’s recent history, including 9/11 & AIDS epidemic; 75min of swift witty lines;

Also I missed some Jewish reference as a non-Jew, but enjoyed the show rega... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like rather stereotypical stories of Jewish mothers told with great humor and some pathos.

Don't see it if You don't like this sort of ethnic stand-up comedy

Also Judy Gold is a very funny lady with a very interesting past which she ... Read more Read less

72
Smart entertainer, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are interested in Jewish mother/daughter relationships or in general Jewish standup comedy. Judy Gold is a very good standup comedian!

Don't see it if you do not like standup comedy or shows about Jewish or lesbian issues.

70
Entertaining

See it if you like hard core jewish humor with a sprinkle of lesbian and mother jokes

Don't see it if you do not like jewish humor with lesbian & mother jokes. somewhat outdated material same material from prior shows. well worth the $8 tkt

74
Funny, Entertaining

See it if Like stand up on being a Jewish mother.

Don't see it if Musicals are what you are after.

79
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Jewish mother jokes and conflicts

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one women comedy shows

77
Touching

See it if into the uneven, often-funny story of a conservative lesbian with Jewish mother issues

Don't see it if you heard it all before

Also At times observant and emotional, at times Borscht-Belt musty, Judy Go... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you are interested in stand up comedy pertaining to being a Jewish mother, it's a fun show

Don't see it if If you don't like one women shows with no scenery just stand up comedy by a lesbian Jewish mother

73
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You are a Judy Gold fan. It also helps to be Jewish.

Don't see it if You are not a Judy Gold fan. Or if you don’t like solo shows.


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