Jacob and Jack, a Time-Traveling Farce About Two Actors Separated by Generations
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The last date listed for Jacob and Jack was Sunday June 20, 2010 / 3:00pm.
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Described by The New Yorker as "Sesame Street meets The Exorcist," and called "flat-out hilarious"… More
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Featured review from Ed Hammerman
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I have come to expect much more from James Sherman. This play, while well acted, was ordinary. In no way does it compare to many of the British farces where doors open and close, where identities are mistaken, and frankly where laughter ensues. It just didn't happen for either my wife or myself. Disappointing evening of theater.
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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...
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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.