Jacob and Jack | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 24 2010
Price: $20-$48
In James Sherman's latest inconsequential crowd-pleaser, Craig Spidle plays popular TV pitchman Jack Shore, who solves his marital problems, renews his faith (sorta), and decides to forsake commercial success for artistic fulfillment while appearing in a one-night tribute to his grandfather, Yiddish theater legend Jacob Shemerinsky. Spidle also dons a wig and morphs into Shemerinsky himself, preparing to perform in the same theater 75 years earlier and dealing with his own marital and career crises. With all the door slamming and quick costume changes in this Victory Gardens Theater production, one might assume Sherman is attempting farce. But manufactured stakes, obvious jokes, and unearned sentiment result in a limp, easily digestible comedy suitable for the Florida dinner-theater circuit. Director Dennis Zacek has assembled a mostly sterling cast who don't embarrass themselves--no small feat. --Justin Hayford


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