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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

 
JEWTOPIA
at the Westside Theater, New York

CULTURAL CONFLUENCE
By David Lefkowitz
Published March 31 2007

  (L-R) Cheryl David, Sam Wolfson, Gerry Vichi and Bryan Fogel/Photo: Carol Rosegg

They're staying for Passover, but they'll be gone before Shavuoth.

Jewtopia, the long-running off-Broadway comedy about finding a nice Jewish girl, will close April 29, after 1,052 regular performances.

After a record-breaking run at Los Angeles' Coast Playhouse, Jewtopia opened Oct. 21, 2004 at New York's Westside Theater, where audiences flocked to its free-wheeling, outrageous yet generally empathetic mockery of Jewish stereotypes. According to the show's website (jewtopiaplay.com), producer Bill Franzblau and the authors, Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson recouped their off-Broadway investment in just 20 weeks.

And though the John Tillinger -directed farce will be leaving an off-Broadway that's since sprouted 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, the upcoming J.A.P. Show and the long-promised Jewsical, not to mention a culture that's borne Borat, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Heeb Magazine, the Jewtopia phenomenon continues. Last fall, Warner Books published Fogel and Wolfson's Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People, while Tampa and Toronto are skedded to see the comedy in the months ahead.

No word, however, on whether Jewtopia will spend next year in Jerusalem.

 


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