Red Sea Pedestrians

Stories for the tribe at the JCC.

Did you hear the one about the guy who came home and found his best friend in bed with his wife? He said, “Morris, I have to. But you?” Ba-dum-ching! That’s Catskills humor for ya. But the Borscht Belt — a string of large Jewish resorts where the likes of Rodney Dangerfield, Lenny Bruce, and Woody Allen got their starts — is long gone. “It used to be like Vegas; it was the most vibrant place where all the entertainers went,” comedian Jake Ehrenreich says. And he should know: He was one of many Brooklyn kids who spent summers there with their parents. Now he re-creates that whole scene along with other poignant moments from his life through his wildly popular and critically acclaimed show A Jew Grows in Brooklyn.

Last year, it sold out for four months in West Palm Beach (where it’s headed for another seven-week run). But now in its first appearance in the Magic City, you can catch the action in an intimate 350-seat setting. And Ehrenreich has a special message for Miamians: “Come say hello after the show. I meet people in the lobby and it’s unbelievable what I hear.” Meet him this Saturday at the Alper JCC. The show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets range from $40 to $45.
Sat., Jan. 17, 2009

 
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