Emmy Award winner Monica Piper stars in this hilarious and heartfelt autobiographical ride of a Jew-"ish" woman’s life.
From the producers: From her show business family in the Bronx, to a WASP wedding, to her first step on a comedy club stage, and life as a single mom, Piper shares the milestones and moments that shaped her life with the same signature wit found in her writing on "Roseanne," "Mad About You" and her Emmy Award-winning work on "Rugrats". Reminiscent of Billy Crystal’s "700 Sundays" with a peppering of Neil Simon’s "Lost in Yonkers," "Not That Jewish" is 90 lighting fast minutes of funny, moving, intimate and inspirational theater.
"Not That Jewish" was originally commissioned by the Jewish Women’s Theatre in Santa Monica, CA, where it premiered in their performance and art space, The Braid, in November of 2014. The show played for 16 months, and in 2016, Ms. Piper was nominated for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance.
Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated writer and comedian Monica Piper began her career studying improv with Second City in Chicago, before going solo as a stand up and becoming one of Showtime Network’s "Comedy All Stars." Her Ace Award-winning Showtime Special, "No, Monica… Just You" was nominated for an American Comedy Award. Piper went on to write for several television series, eventually becoming the showrunner of the #1 children's animated series, "Rugrats," for which she won an Emmy.
What's New World Stages? New World Stages is a converted complex of movie theaters in midtown, about a block west of the Broadway theater district. Very well-apportioned, with excellent intermission bars and very comfortable seats, the theatres are relatively intimate in size.
Piper is in her comfort zone with the funny stuff, and the comedic high points are delicious. She's less successful when she turns serious, trying for a poignancy that requires more acting skill than she possesses. But she smartly never lets them go on for long and is quick to lighten the room just when things are in danger of becoming too heavy. And by the time she arrives at her most interesting material, she has earned our good will.