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.
See it if One man piece about Hollywood black-listing interspersed with sweet if old jokes.
Don't see it if Rare for NYC, the material is better than the actor. This play deserves another production with a more nuanced portrayal.
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.
See it if You like plays that take you to unexpected places and challenges both the character in the play and audience to make the right choices
Don't see it if You want a funny play. The joke is not really a joke but a deep look at a difficult time in our country
See it if Yes about the blacklist but it's just alluded to. This is a moral tale for our (or any) time. What will you do to keep a job? friend?
Don't see it if You don't want a moral challenge. You don't want to have to think You don't like 1 person shows You can't forgive bad jokes I knew every 1!
See it if Actor works hard to carry the one man show. The emotions &dilemmas of McCarthy era come across &issues of discrimination are relevant today.
Don't see it if The incessant phone ringing and use of the one sided phone call and old jokes are distracting.
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
See it if you want to see a brave guy act his heart out for 90 mins, which is tough. There were some ba-dum-bump jokes.
Don't see it if you don’t like intimate theater experiences & you’re too critical of small productions.
See it if You like Jewish humor and great acting. Amazing transformation of character from one scene to the next.
Don't see it if You don’t like great drama or the subject of blacklisting in Hollywood.
See it if want to learn about the anguish and stories about lives ruined by the McCarthy era blacklist, this show examines the consequences.
Don't see it if The device used to forward the narrative is incessant phone call conversations with the principle actor. It gets contrived & confusing,