West Coast Jewish Theatre

West Coast Jewish Theatre

Starring: Jack Axelrod, Carl Crudup, Joe langer, Maria Spassoff, Patrick J. Rafferty, Melissa Collins & Andy Scott Harris

Starring: Jack Axelrod, Carl Crudup, Joe langer, Maria Spassoff, Patrick J. Rafferty, Melissa Collins & Andy Scott Harris

Inspired by two elderly men Gardner met in New York City's Central Park, the play focuses on Nat Moyer, a feisty Jew, and Midge Carter, a cantankerous African-American, who spend their days sitting on a bench. They both mask the realities of aging, sharing tall tales that Nat spins. The play touches on several issues, including society's treatment of the aging, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what's best for their parents, and the dangers that lurk in urban areas.

Its title comes from an old vaudeville joke, a variation of which evolved into dialogue between the two protagonists:

  • Nat: Hey, Rappaport! I haven't seen you in ages. How have you been?
  • Midge: I'm not Rappaport.
  • Nat: Rappaport, what happened to you? You used to be a short fat guy, and now you're a tall skinny guy.
  • Midge: I'm not Rappaport.
  • Nat: Rappaport, you used to be a young guy with a beard, and now you're an old guy with a mustache.
  • Midge: I'm not Rappaport.
  • Nat: Rappaport, how has this happened? You used to be a cowardly little white guy, and now you're a big imposing black guy.
  • Midge: I'm not Rappaport.
  • Nat: And you changed your name, too!
It takes a highly skilled director to elicit powerful performances and under the sharp, incisive direction of Howard Teichman, the dialogue-heavy action moves at break-neck speed, exploring with great humor, without ever becoming pedantic, the playwright’s philosophy and social issues with a big laugh, perhaps the best way to get your message across.
— Splash Magazine
I guarantee you will remember all the laughter and wonder their onstage magic brings to the show.
— broadwayworld.com

West Coast Jewish Theatre

All plays are presented at the Pico Playhouse.

10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

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West Coast Jewish Theatre
P.O. Box 7097
Beverly Hills, CA 90212