Beau Jest

So what's an attractive Jewish girl supposed to do when she's dating a man who's a gentile but doesn't want her parents to know about it? The solution to that dilemma provides ample comic fodder in James Sherman's 1990 romantic comedy in this fine revival by director Martin Lang. Sarah Goldman (Alison Robertson) is a single woman leading a seemingly happy life that includes a job as a teacher and a budding romance with the affable Chris Cringle (Shawn Cahill). However, her parents, Miriam (Elaine Rose) and Abe (Mario Di Gregorio), are pressuring her to find an eligible Jewish bachelor to marry. After consoling them with a fantasy of the perfect husband she claims to be dating, and with a family dinner on the agenda, she hires an out-of-work actor to stand in for her invention. Enter the handsome Bob Schroeder (Kelly Flynn), aka Dr. Ben Steinberg, who seems to save the day. The scheming and scamming Sarah perpetrates to maintain the ruse furnish most of the laughs here. Playwright Sherman milks the situation for every bit of comic potential. The performances are top-down solid under Lang's equally strong direction. Rounding out the cast is Danny Michaels as Sarah's therapist brother, Joel. Glendale Center Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., some performances Wed., 8 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m. (call for dates); through Sept. 24. (818) 244-8481. glendalecentretheatre.com.
Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 21, 3 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 28, 3 p.m. Starts: Aug. 18. Continues through Sept. 24, 2011

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