Aleichem Sholom! The wit and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem

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Sat Dec 14, 3:00pm
Sat Dec 14, 5:00pm
Sat Jan 25, 3:00pm
Sat Feb 15, 3:30pm

Extended Once More with added weekend matinee performances. Take a journey through the life, loves and laughter of the world's most beloved Yiddish humorist, as you are treated to an in-depth look at the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical shtetl folk and not-so-comical scoundrels that populated Sholom Aleichem's real and fantasy worlds. This bold and bittersweet, raucous and romantic world-premiere musical comedy celebrates the great man's 102nd yahrzeit, journeying through his loves and losses, the controversy surrounding his stories and plays, his fame and his failures, his passionate involvement in the creation of a new homeland, his travels, his travails and the tremendous joy and optimism that kept him going against all odds, and touched the hearts of millions of audiences and readers across the globe. The new musical stars veteran performer Chris DeCarlo, who once again assays the role of the beloved author, a characterization which has been enjoyed by more than a quarter of a million audience members, and Evelyn Rudie, who has created and portrayed more than three dozen Sholom Aleichem characters in over 2,000 performances to date. “Evelyn Rudie is an all-around theatrical wizard…Mr. DeCarlo's characterization is faultless.” Casting Call This is the fifth offering in the Rudie-DeCarlo Sholom Aleichem catalogue of musicals. Produced by the Playhouse Jewish Heritage Program.

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Reviews

Carol Kaufman Segal

It is a wonderfully written musical play, beautifully performed by DeCarlo and Rudie, who bring Sholom Aleichemm, Olga, and other characters they portray, to life.

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A prolific writer who never slowed down, even in his later years, Sholom Aleichem was himself a fascinating character who might have come right out of one of his own tales. Set to music, the talented performers from the Santa Monica Playhouse tell his story with compassion, humor, songs, and pure fun.

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

DeCarlo and Rudie play many characters, donning incredibly detailed costumes, to take an in-depth look at the joyous and poignant events that inspired the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical shtetl folk, and not-so-comical scoundrels that populated Sholom Aleichem's world. In it we learn that Sholom Aleichem wrote from dawn till dusk, his pen never still, the characters swirling and whirling about in his mind, dancing from his thoughts to the page to the hearts of readers all over the globe.

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The play itself is episodic, and it was hard to hear many of the lyrics in the half-dozen songs (some of which Aleichem wrote himself), which may have been due to a problem with the microphone on opening night.

Neither of these issues seemed to bother the audience, who laughed and clapped. Several stood at the end for an ovation. It made me think of the heyday of vaudeville in New York, and how exciting and reassuring it must have felt for dazed immigrants on the Lower East Side to hear the language of their childhoods spoken, the cadence and jokes and zeitgeist. 

sweet - Wendy Paris - Jewish Journal - ...read full review


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Aleichem Sholom is brilliantly performed by the two stars — impressively, the only two performers on stage — veteran stage actor Chris DeCarlo, who portrays Sholom Alecheim as well as other supporting characters; and highly lauded actress Evelyn Rudie, who portrays Olga and fills several additional roles. ...Aleichem Sholom is highly entertaining and is recommended to anyone who appreciates history, literature, comedy and philosophy.

sweet - Shawn Dhanak - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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Their charisma together is impressive, and they possess what appears to be a genuine closeness that comes across as a great stage partnership. The result is a show that's a little iconic that holds a place within a larger body of work, more than itself alone.

sweet-sour - Paul Birchall - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

It is a wonderfully written musical play, beautifully performed by DeCarlo and Rudie, who bring Sholom Aleichemm, Olga, and other characters they portray, to life.

sweet - Carol Segal - ...read full review


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A prolific writer who never slowed down, even in his later years, Sholom Aleichem was himself a fascinating character who might have come right out of one of his own tales. Set to music, the talented performers from the Santa Monica Playhouse tell his story with compassion, humor, songs, and pure fun.

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

DeCarlo and Rudie play many characters, donning incredibly detailed costumes, to take an in-depth look at the joyous and poignant events that inspired the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical shtetl folk, and not-so-comical scoundrels that populated Sholom Aleichem's world. In it we learn that Sholom Aleichem wrote from dawn till dusk, his pen never still, the characters swirling and whirling about in his mind, dancing from his thoughts to the page to the hearts of readers all over the globe.

sweet - Shari Barrett, Broadway World - ...read full review


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The play itself is episodic, and it was hard to hear many of the lyrics in the half-dozen songs (some of which Aleichem wrote himself), which may have been due to a problem with the microphone on opening night.

Neither of these issues seemed to bother the audience, who laughed and clapped. Several stood at the end for an ovation. It made me think of the heyday of vaudeville in New York, and how exciting and reassuring it must have felt for dazed immigrants on the Lower East Side to hear the language of their childhoods spoken, the cadence and jokes and zeitgeist. 

sweet - Wendy Paris - Jewish Journal - ...read full review


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Aleichem Sholom is brilliantly performed by the two stars — impressively, the only two performers on stage — veteran stage actor Chris DeCarlo, who portrays Sholom Alecheim as well as other supporting characters; and highly lauded actress Evelyn Rudie, who portrays Olga and fills several additional roles. ...Aleichem Sholom is highly entertaining and is recommended to anyone who appreciates history, literature, comedy and philosophy.

sweet - Shawn Dhanak - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Avatar

Their charisma together is impressive, and they possess what appears to be a genuine closeness that comes across as a great stage partnership. The result is a show that's a little iconic that holds a place within a larger body of work, more than itself alone.

sweet-sour - Paul Birchall - Stage Raw - ...read full review