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click to enlarge Charles Schoenherr, T. Isaac Sherman, and Brian Rabinowitz in The God of Isaac

Charles Schoenherr, T. Isaac Sherman, and Brian Rabinowitz in The God of Isaac

Evan Hanover

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 27 2017
Price: $39
www.grippostagecompany.com
In 1977 neo-Nazi leader Frank Collin generated headlines, a legal battle, and tremendous anguish by threatening to march on the Chicago suburb of Skokie, then home to a large contingent of Holocaust survivors. James Sherman made the incident the basis for this comedy, about a Skokie-bred newspaper reporter who rediscovers his Jewish identity thanks to what turned out to be Collin's bluff. Sherman also starred in the original 1985 production, directed by Dennis Začek. Now the Grippo Stage Company is presenting a revival with Začek back in charge and the playwright's own son, T. Isaac Sherman, in the title role (Isaac, not God). It's a sweetly sentimental gesture, sure, but the play is still awful—telling what it could be showing, building to foregone conclusions, retailing hoary stereotypes as nostalgia, and—perhaps worst of all in terms of holding an audience's interest—failing to take anything resembling a risk. —Tony Adler

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