Already closed | 1h 20m | Midtown W

Not That Jewish

From 150 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

About the show

Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, Monica Piper, stars in her autobiographical solo show about being Jew-"ish." More…

From growing up in a show business family and taking her first step onto a comedy club stage, to a WASP wedding and an "almost" night with Mickey Mantle, Piper shares the milestones and moments that have shaped her life. Using the same signature wit found in her writing for 'Roseanne' and 'Mad About You,' Piper takes the audience on a journey from innocence to individuality, reliant to resilient, sharing both humor and heartache along the way.

1h 20m | Already closed | New World Stages (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (150)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

Funny, Clever, Touching

See it if you enjoy solo shows & are Jewish. This wouldn't play well to non-Jews, but all NYers are honorary MOTs. Poignancy of cancer and adoption.

Don't see it if broad humor annoys you. Piper is big-hearted and as her dad told her, "You're funny, kid." Not everything lands, but enough does.

Funny, Disappointing, Indulgent, Resonant, Cliched

See it if Monica Piper is a favorite of yours. For 80 minutes she talks about her childhood, family, dreams and life. Sometimes she's funny.

Don't see it if you are expecting hilarity or a play. The performance is monolog biography with a few very funny lines but long spaces between.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if you want to see one of the best one person shows ever. Monica Piper is funny, moving and creates a fascinating experience for us.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows although I think you should make an exception for this one. Don't miss it.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Going down a biographical road with a fine comedian/actress who tells hilarious and very poignant stories is for you. You are Jewish !

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one person shows. You are not familiar with the very iconic Jewish sense of humor and can't appreciate it. Otherwise see it!

Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like a little Jewish humor sprinkled with yiddish. (You're Jewish enough if you have good deeds, acceptance, humor and compassion.)

Don't see it if You don't like one woman shows.

Funny, Touching, Meaningful

See it if You are interested in the jewish culture, in the experiences of single mothers or enjoy family stories.

Don't see it if You are not interested in jewish culture or in family stories.

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Funny solo show by a polished actor . Humorous and touching. you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the show.

Don't see it if You only like dramas and avoid light solo shows.

Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you want to see what a bright Jewish woman has created for her one woman show.

Don't see it if you dislike one woman shows. you have seen plays many about being Jewish. It didn't seem that funny to me.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if If you're not that Jewish but would like to learn more, if you want a show that's not so much a stand up as it is a stand-out.

Don't see it if You can't relate to stories about self reflection, if you expect it to be strictly comedy, if you are a "mishegas". Oy Vey!!

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You like humor mixed with philosophy. If you want to leave the theater feeling good. You like to laugh.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person plays. You don't care for Jewish themes.

Clever, Funny, Intelligent

See it if Charming memoir of her life but many of the stories, imitations and types are familiar.

Don't see it if Do not like Jewish broad humor.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Touching

See it if You like to hear a life story, told in a funny way

Don't see it if You don't care for Jewish topics, want a big snow, a musical, or something more than someone's musings about their life

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Resonant

See it if You have ever pondered what being Jewish really is, for Jews and non-Jews alike. Enjoy life narratives with pathos, humor and heart.

Don't see it if You want thigh slapping hilarity...this is much sweeter and gentler. Have no interest in Jewish culture - how is that possible?

Clever, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Poignant

See it if you like one woman shows, comedy, learning about the life of a professional comedian/TV show writer & surprisingly poignant endings.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows, autobiographical shows, comedy.

Also You don't need to be Jewish to appreciate this show. It's got a bit of... Read more Read less

Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Touching, Sweet

See it if you enjoy family-friendly, family-centric comedy

Don't see it if you're not into one-person shows.

Relevant, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if your Jewish parents come to visit -- they will LOVE it.

Don't see it if cynical and demanding.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you like one person comedy shows. like to hear funny stories from a Jewish perspective. there is a moral to the story

Don't see it if you don't like one person show

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if You like one-woman shows. You like ethnic comedy. Excellent presentation.

Don't see it if You don't like one-woman shows. You don't like ethnic comedy, specifically Jewish humor.

Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy personal stories full of humor and heartache.

Don't see it if Can't empathize with single parenthood and stories of the backside of the entertainment industry.

Hilarious, Very moving, Extremely well acted, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy hearing warm human life stories told with humor and intelligence. This is a delightful theatre experience!

Don't see it if You don't like one woman shows that make you laugh and cry.

Also This is an intimate theatre experience. You feel as though you have ma... Read more Read less

Life story, Relatable, Heartwarming, Humorous, Absorbing

See it if You are or aren't Jewish and think that you will appreciate a passionate, one woman, funny, biographical show with a lot of heart.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of 1 person shows & think that you won't find one woman's account of her humorous journey through life at all interesting.

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you like an autobiographical one woman show

Don't see it if you are not into stories about a particular ethnic culture

Dated, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You have an understanding of Jewish culture and want some escapism from the modern heavy politically infused climate

Don't see it if You don't want to see a short, autobiographical comedy with only one cast member

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Indulgent, Mild comedy

See it if You want an uneventful soft mildly funny show to pass the time. You are not tired of 70's&80's new feminist bio. all too familiar

Don't see it if You expect real hilarious standup intense laughter or really funny Jewish humor ala Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, or Catskills' style.

Also Not That Jewish is Not That Funny! The one woman show is just inspired... Read more Read less

November 30th, 2016
"Ms. Piper is in her comfort zone with the funny stuff, of course, and the comedic high points are delicious. She’s less successful when she turns serious, trying for a poignancy that requires more acting skill than she possesses; several segments are more maudlin than moving…But she smartly neve...
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October 24th, 2016
"Piper's acclaim and sheer reliability is likely why the show has come to the Big Apple, but 'Not That Jewish' can't shake the feeling that it belongs more in a synagogue social hall...Her Old World-style jokes, just on the cusp of dirty, go down easy and earn friendly chuckles. But Piper's prese...
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November 1st, 2016
"Piper, who can ram home a punch line with the best of them, is, most of the time, a relaxed, affable presence, and she doesn't shy away from the sorrows in her life story...The darker the subject matter, the funnier Piper is...'Not That Jewish' is warm, funny, and grounded in plenty of gritty de...
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October 24th, 2016
"What you get is not a stand-up routine, but a standard-issue bio play with, perhaps, an above-average number of laughs...Piper has taken the unusual avenue of not trying to split your sides, even though she's clearly capable of doing so, and instead taken the attack straight to your heart...'Not...
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