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Daniel Cainer: Jewish Chronicles

From 62 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Intelligent

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 (62)


Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Intelligent
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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 delightful.

Also You can listen to some of his music at

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!

Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Return of 4th gen orthodox Brit Jewish cabaret extolling fam tree, travels and a bad rabbi on his "Yamalka(Yamaha)."In Loft w/ some Yiddish.

Don't see it if "Shofar/Bong/Purim/Schmear/Naomi was an ordinary Jewess; by looking at her, you wouldn't have to guess/There are no Jews in Recklinghausen"

Also "One day we're born/One day we die/We're all on a journey/To God knows... Read more Read less

Slow, Quirky, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want a song cycle of family stories & the Jewish immigrant experience. You like solo shows in intimate settings. You want humor & heart.

Don't see it if You want a traditional musical w/a storyline. You want a new Daniel Cainer show: this is Gefilte Fish & Chips + 1 new song. You want shorter

Also stories & less repetitive music: while all the stories were interestin... Read more Read less

Very original, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You are Jewish + enjoy nostalgic stories about the history and culture of Eastern European Jews. You are not Jewish but enjoy the above.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy solo shows. You have no interest in Jewish culture or history. But I suggest see it anyway you might learn something !

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

Refreshing, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Because you will experience a joyous & moving celebration of the performer’s family & Jewish heritage. I thoroughly enjoyed this show.

Don't see it if You have no interest on the topic of Jewish heritage.

Also Bravo to this very talented performer! This is a must see!

Refreshing, Great writing, Funny, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy musical shows about family and how all of the people in our lives create a colorful tapestry.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy solo shows and are looking for a fully staged play or musical

Mild, Benign, Inclusive, Sentimental

See it if you'd like to see a sweet, nostalgic, inoffensive one-man music-hall "schtick" about his family' s immigrant experience in England

Don't see it if you want a more honest look at the trials of immigrants in the Jewish diaspora; this one is cleaned up, apolitical & offends no one

Also Daniel Cainer was warm, welcoming & mingled with the audience. He does... Read more Read less

Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You come from a family of religious Jews, and like good melodies and music.

Don't see it if You want to hear good and interesting Jewish chronicles and stories about Jewish people.

Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you like one man shows telling true stories through song. Note, you need not be Jewish to understand and enjoy this show.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one man telling his life story

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.

Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like family stories, you enjoy Yiddish emphasis, you enjoy story-telling

Don't see it if you want a play with a plot, you're not interested in other people's families

Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Self indulgent, Clever

See it if Clever lyrics but excessively long (2 hours) .Deals largely with negative aspects ( adultery, drugs etc) and not tradition or “Jewish” theme

Don't see it if Want insights or more than mere sometimes clever wordplay. Could/ should be much better. Some songs go on and on and on.

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

Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Such a beautiful clever nostalgic hilarious compilation of songs.

Don't see it if You don’t have any interest in Jewish material.

Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy a clever one-man show

Don't see it if you want more than one performer

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.

Poignant, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like stories about families and influencers told with a witty banter and verse set in song with a Jewish overall theme. Very poignant.

Don't see it if You want elaborate staging in a large theater. This is a nice venue for a more intimate experience

Resonant, Masterful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy excellent lyrics in songs about family. Lovingly perfect a master storyteller. 90 minutes of pure entertainment!

Don't see it if You do not like solo shows.

Entertaining, Sentimental, Masterful, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You love great songs with lyrics “to die for”. I was and am still so touched and moved by his stories which we all can relate too. Special.

Don't see it if You don’t like music, if you don’t like life stories with a personal and sentimental touch that go straight to your heart.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like one man shows

Don't see it if you dont want to be entertained

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