Aux Dog Theater Says, "Oy!"
It’s safe to say that “Oy!” is an interesting experience. The series of sketches explore what it means to be Jewish – everything from Eve and Adam and the apple, to a lesbian Jewish woman coming out on Hanukah.
Despite the helpful Yiddish word bank in the program, “Oy!” went a bit over my head. Not all of it, of course, but to a Gentile, some of the humor felt stereotypical. I should say, though, that I know only a few Jewish people, and I don’t know them well, so my view might be off.
It is still enjoyable, though, with the ridiculously over-the-top scenarios, such as God vs. Humanity in divorce court. What starts out hilarious ends as a touching moment showing humanity just longing for closeness and answers to questions about life.
Even though some of the humor escaped me, it was fun, and the audience had a wonderful time. I also learned some Yiddish words, so that’s a plus.
“Oy!” runs through March 5 at Aux Dog Theater, 3011 Monte Vista Blvd. NE. For more information, visit auxdogtheater.org.
Ashley Kurtz is a freelance theater critic.