Jewish Sketches Fun, Heartwarming

Jewish Sketches Fun, Heartwarming

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.

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