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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful

About the show

This uplifting and heartwarming multi-generational musical explores the challenges and triumphs of an immigrant Jewish American family.  More…

Louis Goldstein has written a tell-all family memoir. The book is a best-seller. But is it true? This original musical reminds us that families are complicated, the truth is never clear, and forgiveness is our best hope.

Member Reviews (150)


Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful
Avg Score

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you really like the Jewish schmaltz. If you like Jewish theater and do not care about what the material is.If you do not care about good act

Don't see it if ing.Show is too tired, not ambitious and acting fair at best. It is overloaded with the bubals and has no substance. Show was really bad.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Intimate theater Great acting, So like the sagas of a family written years ago Clever T. Wilder exiting. Cast of 7 all great.

Don't see it if no weakness in the production but Reminder:. Actor's Temple is a great choice for this play but seating is as expected in a non theater

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Funny

See it if you find complex family relationships compelling. Nice music, good singing, excellent costumes. Rewarding ideas about truth & memory.

Don't see it if you believe in absolute truth. The characters choices based on their needs makes the past slide between possible truths.

Pretty good musical about 3 gens of dysfunctional family, but it's no "fun home"

See it if movingly shows gap btwn real & romanticized family life, tragedy of corrosive secrets; actors all pros; some songs clever/tuneful

Don't see it if last 20 mins pointless; understates monstrousness of parents crushing children's dreams; lyrics simplistic/no memorable tunes

Schmaltzy but servicable, Some good voices, Predictable

See it if You enjoy immigrant, family stories, & want to explore themes of legacy and familial love/challenges. No new ground here, but it’s enjoyable

Don't see it if Want a more memorable score (tho music is melodic/well-performed), want a fresh look on old story about family tensions/expectations.

Also Seeing this at the Actors Temple was poignant, but the audience is not... Read more Read less

Delightful, Cliched

See it if Presents Jewish history and family relationships over several generations. An entertaining evening, with themes that many may relate to.

Don't see it if Do not see if you expect a polished musical with memorable music and songs.

Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a sweet little musical about a man's personal family history. The actors sing their hearts out and offer top notch performances.

Don't see it if you want a show with an edge or don't like musicals.

Also I don't know why this musical was called Goldstein. There's nothing Je... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play with some good acting and singing. You want to see a play about family secrets and what happens when they're revealed

Don't see it if You don't like musicals about family. You don't want to laugh. You don't want to be touched by the family and their secrets

Inconsistent acting, Disappointing, Unfulfilled potential, Good premise, Unemotionally involving

See it if like musicals about 3 generations of a family that immigrated to the USA, their relationships, difficulties and an interesting story line.

Don't see it if you desire professional production values, consistently good acting and a script that engenders emotional identification with characters.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You like stories about families that are real and touching and brilliantly told. A must see for all.

Don't see it if If you like big Broadway type shows. It’s still worth seeing though.

Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Well crafted story, moving

See it if You want to see a moving, beautifully told musical story of a multi generational immigrant family with conflicting truths.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musicals about family history and secrets

Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched, Bland

See it if Great ensemble and interesting concept exploring identity and legacy through multiple generations of an immigrant family

Don't see it if Misses the mark because it is innocuous and bland and wastes a very talented cast, but sweet in its own way

Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Want to see a heartwarming story, like smaller theatres, are not a Broadway snob, want a nice night out. Sweet, sweet show.

Don't see it if Are a Broadway snob, expect glitz, glitter & Beoadway set, don't like stereotypes in a show, can't relate to dysfunctio. In families.

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Implausible

See it if you enjoy Jewish plays that show 3 generations of the same family.

Don't see it if if you want a fresh, polished musical with characters you can become emotionally involved with.

Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in Jewish themed plays, like good singing like short plays with no intermission

Don't see it if you are looking for interesting music in your musical, The melodies are trite banal and derivative, the lyrics are far better

Also Don't sit in the balcony!!!! Other than the first row the view the vie... Read more Read less

Tarnished gold

See it if Multi generation Jewish story is of interest. If you like anything Jewish in general. Schmaltz central.

Don't see it if Almost no set and small stage is not worth the retail price. Last twenty minutes pure fluff filler to inflate running time. Just walk out.

Also Show clearly lacked cohesion at end of run, with two new cast members ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Cliched, Overrated, Quirky, Banal

See it if You care about Jewish family stories with secrets.

Don't see it if You want a highly polished production.

Entertaining, Funny, Charming, Clever

See it if Sweet entertaining evening out. Some songs much better than others

Don't see it if If looking for big broadway show.

Slow, Resonant, Thoughtful, Lovely

See it if Relatable family dynamics, touching drama with a bit of comedic relief, lovely sweet harmonies make an enjoyable evening

Don't see it if You need strong or complex character development, fast paced plot lines, energetic performances, a longer show

Makes you want to run out for some matzah ball soup or a knish...

See it if A Jewish family story told through three generations; Megan McGinnis' songs were my favorite.

Don't see it if there are too many ideas crammed into 90+ minutes that the story is muddled.

Also There were a few beautiful moments worth highlighting performed by She... Read more Read less


See it if you looking for a familiar tale.

Don't see it if you are looking for an ambitious new take on old themes.

Also The book at times feels rushed. Spending much more times on the grandp... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you are up for a very uplifting and heartwarming musical about a Jewish American family. Traces 90 years of secrets and sacrifices in song.

Don't see it if you are not curious about how the challenges of immigrants and the need to forgive are part of many family stories and legacies.

Great music, Amateurish, Cliched

See it if you like retelling of immigrant Jewish stories you've heard before, beautiful music & lyrics, and for the humble gem "Visiting Your Mother".

Don't see it if you expect originality or a new take on the "Jewish family" experience, look for high production values, or a less cliched book.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy shows about family dynamics over 3 generations. Very entertaining and some songs (eg Visiting Your Mother) masterfully performed

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals or comedy. However this show is well done.

Great singing, Rough around the edges, Thought-provoking

See it if you want great singing and a 3 generation story.

Don't see it if you're bothered by women always being expected to forgive everything and their forgiveness being the moral high of the story.

April 5th, 2018
"You’ll ingest more schmaltz than at your bubbe’s seder table with 'Goldstein'...It has heartfelt intentions—and an ideal synagogue venue—but smacks of the generic, and most of its characters are tired Jewish stereotypes. Clunky direction, Roberts’s somber songs and the production’s barely-there ...
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April 5th, 2018
"Its lack of ambition ultimately leads to its downfall...Book writer Schulman shirks any sort of dramatic contrivance that would add moral and ethical fireworks into the piece...Roberts contributes a similarly flavorless score that emulates the cheerful but unadventurous sounds of 1990s off-Broad...
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April 12th, 2018
"There are many moments that make 'Goldstein' the musical worthy of hearing...A multi-generational family flashback that fills in the blanks with songs...There are moments that generally stir and interest the audience...The highlights of the musical are in the more human moments...Largely it work...
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April 16th, 2018
"There's rich material here, but Charlie Schulman's book is too sketchy and Michael Roberts' songs rely on basic melodies and even more basic rhymes. To be fair, there's an eleventh-hour plot twist that nobody in the audience at my performance -- me included -- saw coming...If the director, Brad ...
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