The Last Schwartz

Critics

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33 %

Reviews: 3

Audience

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Reviews: 0

It's the first Yahrtzeit (anniversary of the death) of family patriarch Manny Schwartz, and the Schwartz clan has gathered for dinner prior for the unveiling of the deceased's tombstone scheduled for the following day. They're at the Schwartz home in the Catskills, although the members of the family have actually been far-flung in recent days. Norma, the take-charge daughter, is the most religiously traditional of the bunch. After she turned in her teenage son to the cops (and jail) because he had a joint, her husband left her. Her brother Herb is there with his wife Bonnie, a convert to Judaism. They've been trying to produce an heir for nine years, without success. Another brother, Gene, arrives with his young, hot non-Jewish girlfriend Kia, a model and actress, in tow. Gene gets around. One more brother, Simon, is an Australia-based astronomer who doesn't like to be touched. The Schwartzes are not producing heirs to carry on the family name, it seems. Will traditional Jewish ritual draw the family together, or will a web of secrets and deceptions be indicative that the world has seen The Last Schwartz? Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer. Directed by Kiff Scholl.

Reviews

Directed by Kiff Scholl, THE LAST SCHWARTZ is both comical and somber with an emphasis on the former. With such a play as this one, let's hope this production won't become the last of its tribe. It's too good to fade away!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Offline - ...read full review


The Last Schwartz made a fair attempt, but I'd rate it four rock-hard matza balls.

sour - Serita Stevens - LA Splash Magazine - ...read full review


In terms of getting a group of middle-aged and elderly like-minded Jews (myself included) into a room to enjoy shared cultural archetypes, The Last Schwartz is good for the Jews. But as for making the Jewish experience relevant to modern life, not so much.

sour - Samuel Garza Bernstein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Directed by Kiff Scholl, THE LAST SCHWARTZ is both comical and somber with an emphasis on the former. With such a play as this one, let's hope this production won't become the last of its tribe. It's too good to fade away!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Offline - ...read full review


The Last Schwartz made a fair attempt, but I'd rate it four rock-hard matza balls.

sour - Serita Stevens - LA Splash Magazine - ...read full review


In terms of getting a group of middle-aged and elderly like-minded Jews (myself included) into a room to enjoy shared cultural archetypes, The Last Schwartz is good for the Jews. But as for making the Jewish experience relevant to modern life, not so much.

sour - Samuel Garza Bernstein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review