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Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater
Formerly the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
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1 review
1 stars
There were no restrictions on bringing concessions into the theatre.
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32 reviews
15 stars
The day we went the play was sold out. Be sure to check before you go if you think you can just walk in and they will have tickets, not necessarily so.
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"Jacob and Jack"
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3.4 average rating
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29 events
13 reviews
16 stars
attended May 29 2010

Entertaining, well performed. Enjoyable.

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20 events
3 reviews
5 stars
attended Jun 19 2010

The play was very long on dialog and very short on plot.

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3 reviews
6 stars
attended Jun 16 2010

With the slamming of back stage dressing rooms this farce truly was fast paced and histrionic at moments. The double casting was supurb. I especially loved the character of the mother.
Her dual performance was full of spice...
It was a good...continued

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By ensemble playwright James Sherman

Directed by Dennis Zacek

Jack Shore, known to TV watchers everywhere as “The Flying Carpet Guy,” is used to having his own trailer and catered lunches, not a cramped backstage dressing room just steps from a vending machine. Still – he’s game to participate in this tribute to his grandfather Jacob Shermerinsky, star of the Yiddish theatre. It’s only one night, and it’s just a staged reading; it will go just fine. That is, if his wife and fellow actor Lisa shows up. Lisa is peeved at Jack because he was talking to an attractive admirer and neglected to introduce his wife.

Unfortunately, there’s also the matter of the beautiful young ingénue who is joining them. Jack is worried that Robin, both talented and gorgeous, is going to outshine him. And, if he’s not careful, cause further trouble between him and his wife.

In the very same dressing room 75 years in the past, Jacob Shermerinksy is wrestling with a similar situation. In a last-ditch effort to improve his fading fortunes, Jacob and his wife, Leah, have taken a Yiddish classic on tour. Unfortunately, ticket sales are slow and Jacob appears more interested in charming the naïve local Rachel than finding the best talent in town.

In this time-traveling farce, actors play parallel roles in the past and present. As Jacob and Jack frantically rush from room to room, the audience is transported through time with each slam of a dressing room door. In both the Yiddish and the contemporary theatre, only one thing remains certain: The show must go on.