A naughty Rabbi with a dark secret. A Jewess who joins a '50s Christian cult. A secret sexual liaison in a suburban laundromat. Those are just some of the offbeat story-songs you'll hear from Daniel Cainer. Through these dramatic and comedic tales of family and folklore, Cainer delves into themes both personal and universal.
for a previous production "Cainer is presenting himself as a modern troubadour. The one downside of this style is that at times it feels like a song has gone on for too long. But then I’ll hear a cheeky bit of rhyming, and I’m sucked back in. The songs are funny and tragic and loving…It’s touching how appreciative and passionate Cainer is about his family…Do you have to be Jewish to appreciate the show?...The non-Jewish members of the audience were clapping and singing in Yiddish too." Full Review
for a previous production "His lyrics show a sly sense of humor, and he’s never shy about letting us in on the joke…While his skills as a troubadour are to be admired, each song’s overlength is to the show’s detriment…His persona is engaging, and he’s a consummate entertainer. If there’s a hitch to the show, it’s that while clever, most of its humor is obvious, offering little in the way of irony or double entendre…Some will take to Cainer right off. For others, he may be an acquired taste." Full Review
for a previous production "While it may not produce the belly laughs promised in his promo ads, it still draws chuckles, even from its gentile patrons…Cainer saves his best routine for last and uses his own father as the comedic target…You don't have to be Jewish (or British) to get a kick out of Cainer's routines, although it certainly would help." Full Review
See it if You want to have a joyful 80-90 minutes. There's a wonderful prepared encore that's a fitting coda. 1 man show, perfect on the small stage
Don't see it if You're a grump or want absolute perfection.
See it if You want to see a memoir told through song about growing up Jewish in England. You want to hear stories told in a friendly manner.
Don't see it if You want a more traditional one-person show that has a crafted script. You don't like musicals.
See it if You like cabaret-style shows and sweet, mainly autobiographical songs.
Don't see it if You like a narrative, or find repetitive melodies boring. You don't want to do minimal call and response singing.
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