My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy | North Shore Center for the Performing Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Brad Zimmerman

Brad Zimmerman

Michael Appleton

My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2017
Price: $97-$265
Brad Zimmerman stands before us a grumpy man. He has every reason to be upset. Just look at the world. All these newfangled contraptions, no decency anywhere, his beloved father dead, his impossible mother still alive. Success didn’t come easily; Brad was a waiter who waited and waited. But after nearly 30 years serving veal piccata to the ungrateful, he’s finally made good, with a one-man, one-act, one-note kvetchorama that’ll enable audiences, at long last, to picture what it would be like if George Carlin had been born Jewish and less intelligent. Zimmerman’s got jokes so old they were rejected from the Talmud, and he delivers them with unbearable slowness. His restaurant material is funny, but the show's unscripted banter is pure Vegas camp, and its nostalgia for simpler times with Amy Saperstein and her bra is just plain unsettling. —Max Maller



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