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25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

From 55 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting

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 (55)


Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting
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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

Poignant, Cliched, Amusing, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if ur a Gold fan & want to see her try to craft her stand-up shtick about her mother into a serious exploration of what makes Jewish moms tick.

Don't see it if u expect a strictly stand-up routine or a straighforward play [It is neither]; u don't like old-school Jewish humor & all that mishegas.

Also This is an amusing -- even intermittently hilarious -- show that is un... Read more Read less

Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you want an amusing educational mix of information about Jewish women - mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, nieces, cousins, etc.

Don't see it if episodic material bothers you. This solo show contains many stories some told in character as if by the original speaker.

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.

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.

Not as good as i expected., Judy gold is intelligent and charming, Indulgent

See it if You are a Judy Gold fan and you want to hear her story.

Don't see it if portrayal of Jewish mothers very stereotypical. You don’t like screaming. Mic was too high but she definitely screamed too much.

Judy is smart and skilled.

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

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

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.

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.

Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like and appreciate ethnic humor, there will be barrels of laughter. There are many shared experiences that most people can relate to.

Don't see it if Jewish humor or the LGBT topics are difficult for you to hear.

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.

Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you've seen Judy Gold before and love her; you want to laugh almost nonstop; you can relate to humor involving Jewish mothers

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows; you have no interest in material about Jewish mothers

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.

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

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.

Well-acted parts, God may be here but doesn’t pay the rent

See it if You like Judy Gold. Know something about Judaism & don’t mind if it’s badly misconstrued.

Don't see it if You expect to see a funny show. It really isn’t very funny. Most of the jokes were bad. Only laughed a few times.

Also Judy Gold is a very fine actress & beautifully embodies the Jewish wom... Read more Read less

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Refreshing, Intelligent, Moving, Funny

See it if You would like to see an affecting one woman show starring talented comedian Judy Gold about Jewish motherhood.

Don't see it if You’re expecting either a standup set, or a fully realized investigation into the subject. This is half/half, with both sides a bit flimsy.

Also I found 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother to be moving and funny. The a... Read more Read less

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.

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