Monday, February 2, 2009

New Vista Theatre: Still Jewish After All These Years

Still Jewish After All These Years! A life in the Theatre plays at the New Vista Theatre through February 8th, 2009.

Kevin D. Thompson reviewed the show for the Palm Beach Post.

The show, which Hoffman furiously cobbled together in two weeks, is a follow-up to his wildly successful Too Jewish and Too Jewish, Two!, tour-de-force revues that proudly celebrated all things Jewish.

Still Jewish, however, is more personal as Hoffman fondly looks back at his 40-year career - a career he says began the day he was born at a teaching hospital in The Bronx. Hoffman's birth, after all, was witnessed by 25 medical residents - his first audience.

And Hoffman will tell you himself that he hasn't stop performing since.

Hap Erstein's review for Still Jewish After All These Years appeared in Palm Beach ArtsPaper.

Avi Hoffman does not literally drag a trunk onstage, but for almost two hours the producing artistic director of The New Vista Theatre Company dips into a metaphorical trunk, sifting nostalgically through the milestones of his five decades in show business.

The staging is simple, just Hoffman, pianist Caryl Ginsburg Fantel and a backdrop of collages featuring black and white photos of New York, Jewish and theatrical memorabilia. But that's all Hoffman needs.

It's pleasant and entertaining, because Hoffman knows how to tell a story and sell a song. And don't be surprised if it leaves you craving a corned beef on rye and a knish.

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