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

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if If you like slow humor

Don't see it if Very boring. Slow and not 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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