Ends Nov 17 | 1h 15m | Soho/Tribeca

Jewish Chronicles

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Enchanting

About the show

Daniel Cainer's solo collection of unique stories-in-song features tales of feuding tailors, a Jewess who joins a 1950s Christian cult, a cocaine addicted rabbi, and many more. More…

From the show:

Soho Playhouse presents the award-winning and internationally acclaimed JEWISH CHRONICLES, written and performed by Daniel Cainer. Based on true-life stories, it is a musical and lyrical journey like no other, weaving an irresistible tapestry of family legend and musical folklore. 

Member Reviews (20)


Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Enchanting
Avg Score

Quirky, Moving, Funny, Warm, Delightful

See it if Wonderful Jewish storytelling w/music & slides. Daniel plays and sings about past generations of his family. I laughed & cried.

Don't see it if You don't like solo cabaret shows. It's very Jewish, with an audience of old folks. Daniel's voice is unpolished, but charming.

Refreshing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you'd like to hear every sung word of this part-genealogical, part-autobiographical presentation delivered with honesty, humor and visuals.

Don't see it if you do not like one-person shows with one theme or you are not interested in learning about Jewish heritage.

Concert, Educational, Clever, Amusing, Entertaining

See it if Judaism interests you. Daniel Cainer writes clever and heartfelt song lyrics about his family and their history. He also teaches Yiddish.

Don't see it if you are expecting a play. There are lots of characters and interesting themes but no plot. To fully enjoy the show you have to clap & sing!

Cliched, Overrated, Funny, Slow, Clever

See it if You’re really into the British Jewish story. The audience loved it, I found it tiresome. Too much oy veh-ing!

Don't see it if You aren’t Jewish.

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you "get" Jewish culture and want a charming new perspective. This isn't "Fiddler on the Roof". These characters are real imperfect people

Don't see it if you don't understand Woody Allen movies.

Poignant, Resonant, Delightful, Great writing, Clever

See it if your ancestors, or you are close to persons whose ancestors, emigrated from Eastern Europe to West before WWII, want experience their lives

Don't see it if you are not interested in the Jewish immigration to West experience, or Jewish music or language, or prefer plays/musicals to solo cabaret

Also Daniel explains that his show was acclaimed by a mostly German audienc... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you’re Jewish or Jew curious.

Don't see it if Your anti Semitic or humorless

Original songs that tell stories

See it if you'd like original ballads & jokes, w/ love, at expense of insider's migrant family (from eastern Europe to U.K. in early 20th century).

Don't see it if you dislike original music, comic skits, audience participation & aren't Jewish or interested in Jewish laws or culture.

Also 1 hour 40 minutes of pure fun.

Delightful, Funny, Personal, Heartfelt

See it if you enjoy cabaret-style family histories, musing on humanity and where people come from. I left the theater humming.

Don't see it if you're looking for insights into Judaism itself; these are Jewish stories because they're about Jews. Some NSFW content done lovingly.

Amusing storyteller through song

See it if Enjoyable personality as he projects his family history through song

Don't see it if Repeat of his previous show Dont go if expecting new material

Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You have an affinity for Jewish things - songs, lyrics, people, stories, circumstances

Don't see it if You are put off by Yiddish or Jewish stuff

Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a one man keyboard playing storyteller who recounts tales of his family and community warts and all

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable in a crowded bar venue. You don’t care about bleak but true stories of life

Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy an intimate musical performance by someone who is a master at transforming his life into art. Truly charming and impressive.

Don't see it if If you don't like intimate solo musical performances by truly talented, insightful and emotionally open artists.

Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like small-budget, one-man musicals. Daniel Cainer is a great storyteller.

Don't see it if You like big musicals with show-stopping choreography and staging.

Must see, Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if A must see for anyone who is Jewish and that means most of NY! Original true stories from a London Jew that will make you laugh and cry! Go

Don't see it if Don’t go if you have the important job of watching paint dry at home or dying your hair otherwise go and enjoy! Daniel Crainer is epic!!

Masterful, Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you haven't yet seen Daniel Cainer, a must see. Creative and with a great voice, he portrays his Jewish heritage with pathos & humor

Don't see it if If you have seen him and demand new material - just one new song in this show and minor changes in past songs and his wonderful patter.

Also Mr. Cainer is extremely personable. Catch him while you can! He reside... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful

See it if Pleasant old-fashioned Jewish cabaret act with a good dose of schmaltz. Some lyrics are not only amusing but inventive.

Don't see it if Very song heavy; might be a bit hard to enjoy if “not in theme”

Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a hour of really enjoyable stories told via an engaging song.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows or are expecting a big, elaborate production.

Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Clever stories about Jewish people from the actor's life.

Don't see it if You are looking for something very serious.

Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You are Jewish or know anyone who is. And if not, if you would just enjoy an evening of poignant, enjoyable yet at times light hearted music

Don't see it if You are looking for choreography, lights action and cameras or don't like a low key one personmusical revue

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