Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

A Jewish Joke

From 44 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

About the show

In this solo dramedy, Bernie Lutz is a curmudgeonly Jewish comedy screenwriter from MGM, who comes up against the Communist blacklist in 1950’s Hollywood. More…

Now, he has to decide what's more important - his friends, or his livelihood? Armed with stories about the great era of Jewish humor, "A Jewish Joke" is about one American's fight against one of the darkest moments of the mid-20th century. 

1h 30m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (44)


Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

Very interesting story

See it if You’re interested in history about the blacklist in Hollywood

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows

Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in un-American communists in Hollywood in the 1959’s and don’t mind someone constantly on the phone.

Don't see it if You like a good comedy or good drama.

During previews
Insipid, Overrated, Quirky, Slow, Banal

See it if If you want to see a one man play about the un American activities in Hollywood. A piece that deals with this era.

Don't see it if If you want a good play that deals with communistic behavior in Hollywood and the un American activities. Jokes fall flat. Not good.

During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You enjoy plays set against historical events. You like one-actor plays.

Don't see it if You want a multi-layered play & performance: the actor is shout-y throughout & the play exhausts the telephone to move the plot...

Also & the schtick-y jokes motifs. The one-sided phone call followed by a j... Read more Read less

During previews
Overrated, Slow, Insipid, Cliched, Banal

See it if You're intrigued by the title and enjoy one character plays ( he's also one of the authors)

Don't see it if U're looking 4 humor, 85 lonnng minutes and maybe two tee hees. The play is about a man constantly on the phone being subpoenaed by HUAC. OY

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in a story relating to the Communist blacklist of the 1950s. Although the actor tried, this production was cliched.

Don't see it if You want a storyline that is more than answering the phone. Very slow, bad jokes, not a good exposition of the problems experienced then.

During previews
Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if Live nearby and have a free ticket

Don't see it if Expecting jokes,and/or interesting information about "Witch Hunting" in 1950s; annoyed by constant phone ringing and water drinking on stage

Also Good intention but HUGE disappointment. Staging and music are very 50s... Read more Read less

During previews
Felt sorry for performer, Too much nothingness, Some funny jokes thrown in

See it if you can sit through a show for a few good, well worn jokes and little relevant info about McCarthy period.

Don't see it if you wish to be well informed or entertained.

During previews
Not very funny, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if If you like one-man shows, original direction of the play and you don't know anything about the red scare of the 50's

Don't see it if If you expect a really funny show or an interesting story line

During previews
Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Did not like it at all. Boring! If you like a slow story about a joke writer who is his none stop on the phone ... Go and see it!

Don't see it if Boring! A confusing story . One man show , not even funny.

March 14th, 2019
"'A Jewish Joke' brings immediacy to not only the personal and professional effects of the Hollywood blacklist, but to the current onslaught of internet finger-pointing and fear-mongering that can, and does, ruin lives even more quickly than in the slow-moving fifties. Watching Bernie squirm and ...
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March 13th, 2019
"It’s a sound set-up for drama, but 'A Jewish Joke' fails to deliver. First, there is nothing particularly Jewish about the political landscape it evinces...Despite excellent staging by David Ellenstein and an evocative set design by Michael Joseph Ormond, this hackneyed production adds little to...
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March 13th, 2019
"A crowded, unsubtle piece, jammed with annoyingly incessant, desperate phone business, including frustrated banging of the receiver...Extraneous issues…further clutter the narrative…This should be tour-de-force territory, and Johnson's intensely strenuous efforts are likely to be appreciated as ...
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March 14th, 2019
"Director David Ellenstein keeps the show moving, but this is Mr. Johnson’s piece. He embodies those men who were up against the wall and used a much humor as they could to survive this hellish attack on humanity based not on facts, but trumped up lies and fear...This play made me remember that t...
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