A Jewish Joke | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 31 2016
Price: $32
In this one-man show, a successful Jewish screenwriter named Bernie Lutz (Phil Johnson, who cowrote the play) confronts the anti-Communist fervor of 1950s Hollywood. As Bernie scrambles to avoid being blackballed, he lights up the stage with off-the-cuff yiddishisms and wild office shenanigans. The play's humor comes in large part from Johnson's physical presence—his duck-footed walk and drooped shoulders impart a man who is always performing, no matter the occasion. As he tells Jewish jokes from his "collection," a box full of index cards, Johnson wonderfully channels a bygone era of Jewish funnymen, who never forgot to laugh, even during the terrors of the McCarthy witch hunt. —Max Maller



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