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Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336
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11 reviews
8 stars
attended Aug 21 2010

It was very disappointing. Very sophomoric. There were a few laughs. I'm sure these guys are sincere about their message, but it was nothing new and full of stereotypical humor. The slide show had some very interesting info, but it was...continued

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4 stars
attended Aug 20 2010

A wonderful non-threatening and entertaining satire with great insights into racial sterotypes, fears and misunderstandings which create barriers to knowing others.

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Website

http://www.greenhousetheater.org/index.php/blackjewdialogues

Quotes & Highlights

Check out a promo video for The Black Jew Dialogues_.
“Gets to the heart of what divides people.”  —
Boston Globe _
“Matzah and Motown meet Avenue Q!”  —The Courant

Description

Written and performed by Ron Jones and Larry Jay Tish

Directed by Margaret Ann Brady

What’s so funny about two American minorities that have slavery, the KKK, and chicken livers in common? That’s what you’ll find out in this extraordinary two-actor play on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism within the context of the American Black-Jew experience. The Black Jew Dialogues combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations, and multi-media to create a show that has gained praise across the U.S. and the U.K.

The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August 2006. In September 2007 it was the only American play invited to perform at the Leeds Jewish Performing Arts Festival in England. Since then, The Black Jew Dialogues has been touring to universities, high schools, synagogues, and theaters throughout the U.S. with great success.

In _T__he Black Jew Dialogues_, Larry Jay Tish and Ron Jones take the audience on a hysterical and poignant ride through three days they spent together in a cheap hotel room discussing their own experiences, the history of their people, and why there has been a growing rift between the two groups since the early 1970s. Through their dialogue the audience gains insight to the true nature of prejudice and how our inability to face our own biases separate us in ways that we may not even think about. The comic journey begins in the Egypt of the Pharaohs and travels through Africa, colonial times, to present-day America.

The Black Jew Dialogues is an exhilarating and insightful look at the state of race and cultural relations in America. You’ll learn as much as you’ll laugh.