Arthur Laurents may have disowned the Jewish Repertory Theatre production of his Big Potato, preferring it not to open, but the show must go on in theatrical parlance. Joanna Glushak, who plays Rachel, the assimilated daughter of a Queens beautician, poses at the opening night party with Elzbieta Czyzewska, who plays the beautician Nessa and David Margulies who plays Itzhak.
The title, Big Potato, is a reference to beautician Nessa's nickname for Nazis — she calls them potatoes. The man she brings to her place is suspected to be a "big potato." The play concerns Nessa's wish to right past wrongs and is a portrait of her passionate monomania: To "remember" and to scream loudly, or you will never be heard. Big Potato runs at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street through Nov. 5.