Hilarious Account of One Woman's Search for Meaning In Shopping For God
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With her 10th solo play, the incomparable Marga Gomez --winner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best Comedian designation, L.A.'s Ovation Award and a New York Drama Desk Award nomination -- proves again that few can so effectively pack as many characters into a solo show as this talented actor. The author and performer of works like Long Island Iced Latina and Los Big Names, Gomez now presents Lovebirds, a riveting portrait of incurable romantics chasing their hearts' diverse desires -- including a macho maitre d' who's in love with a tone-deaf singer, and Polaroid Phillie, the nightclub photographer who documents it all. Gomez has amused and amazed audiences on both coasts with her richly imagined characters and hilarious insights, all of which are on full display in Lovebirds. Learn More
Drinks from next door bar allowed inside. Can eat before- maybe only appetizers though. Afterwards, get drink and listen to live music at Jupiter, across the street.Don Reed's East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player dining • Mar 24 2014 star this tip starred
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Erica is a Viennese Jew whose family escaped certain death by running to Czechoslovakia, then Cuba, then Brooklyn, where she grew up listening to tales of a vanished world. Her cousin and surrogate sister Marsha was 7 when she left Europe. Marsha was old enough to know family was the only safe place. She shut the door on the world. But Erica was too young to know so she got the knot in her gut.
When she was a kid, she used to ask her parents: “How can you be atheists?” Her mom would say, “Everyone’s relationship to this idea of a God is entirely personal. All you need to know is never touch yourself — you’ll go blind.” Her dad would say, “On this planet God is the almighty dollar. Why don’t you write a play about that?” An infuriated Marsha would say: “If I weren’t an atheist, I’d pray for you.” Erica rebelled against them all! She went Methodist. She became a Radical Presbyterian. She converted to Orthodox Judaism. She DID Carlos Castanedas. None of it fit.
In this hilarious, reckless and ultimately heroic story, she stops at nothing, including wild drama therapy sessions between Germans and Jews and a tumultuous exploration of the she/god, to find out if it’s possible to reconcile with people you’ve hated for years. She is an irresistibly comic story teller, a master at finding the pain and making it funny. Her journey is not only universal, it offers unique insight into one woman’s need to balance the books, to reconcile her past, her family and her dream of freedom.