Perhaps the most ardent and visible proponent of Yiddish culture since Joseph Papp, Avi Hoffman brings his ever-popular solo, Too Jewish?, to Mamaroneck, NY's Emelin Theatre for three performances, March 15-17.
The musical revue mixes songs, anecdotes and verse in giving audiences a flavor of Jewish life, with a special emphasis on Yiddish songs and language. Comic actor Menashe Skulnick and Israeli poet Itsik Manger are lovingly remembered, as is — no surprise here — Fiddler on the Roof.
The original run of Too Jewish? netted Hoffman Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and he's been touring with the piece for years. He even found it popular enough to create a sequel, Too Jewish, Two, which played Off-Broadway in 1998. Most recently, the actor-director staged a revival of Songs of Paradise, a show he appeared in back in 1989.
For tickets and information on Too Jewish? at the Emelin Theatre on Library Lane in Mamaroneck, call (914) 698-0098.
— By David Lefkowitz