Through March 31
BEAU JEST virtual Jewish Repertory Theatre
Parents and children are an inevitable source of scripts for theater because we all have memories of what happened at all ages.
Of course, when younger, we may not have wanted our parents to know what’s going on, although good parents have spy systems, whether we like it or not.
James Sherman’s “Beau Jest”</b is a perfect example of deceit becoming tangled and tangled very rapidly“Fiddler on the Roof.”
Sarah decides to double down on the situation and has Bob pose as a doctor with a really Jewish name.
Remember that “Fiddler,” as events go along.
“Beau Jest” gets progressively more tangled, until the whole situation blows up.
We don’t know what will happen, after the curtain falls.
Director Steve Vaughan does a nice job of mixing the script, the cast and the safety necessities of COVID, as local theatre companies get rapidly better at producing streaming productions on (relatively) small screens.
The central character is controlling Mom (Darleen Pickering Hummert) in what’s written as an over-the-top part and well-handled by Pickering Hummert.
Steve Jakiel’s Dad is good as the husband who knows when to stay away from what’s going on, and defer to Mom.
The characters, as written, are variable, with the rest of the cast working hard, particularly Adam Yellen’s Joel, Sarah’s brother.
While this is a comedy, it’s a heavy comedy with the circling around the family Jewish heritage and the Four Questions of Passover.
It’s a pleasant and pointed look at a family and its generations.
And, in these times, you can sit in your living room instead of sometimes uncomfortable theater seats to see “Beau Jest.”
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