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Two Jews, Talking Brings Beloved Sitcom Stars Back To The Stage

Two Jews, Talking Brings Beloved Sitcom Stars Back To The Stage

Award-winning television veterans Hal Linden (Barney Miller) and Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat) star in Two Jews, Talking. This Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe award winning duo now take on material scripted by TV writer Emmy winner Ed. Weinberger, who wrote for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and co-created Taxi.

Hall Linden, Bernie Kopell Photo by Russ Roland

This show consists of vignettes set 3,500 years apart. In the first one, the elderly men sit on a Long Island park bench. Phil (Kopell), is coping with aging and loss. Marty (Linden) has come from visiting a dying friend at Mount Sinai. They philosophize about women, sex, food, the divine, and destiny in this tale of companionship and friendship.

Bernie Kopell, Hall Linden Photo by Russ Roland

In the second vignette, the two men sit on boulders in the desert, costumed like people in the Old Testament, as Phil (here called “Lou”)  kvetches about God and the Commandments to Marty (here, he’s “Lou”) and how he misses being a well-fed, orgy-going slave in Egypt. Bud and Lou, ha-ha.

Hall Linden, Bernie Kopell Photo by Russ Roland

Dan Wackerman’s direction lands the jokes, but how could he not with these two pros? Kopell is a comedic genius with his timing and dead pan delivery. He is the perfect straight man, while Linden delivers punch lines. This is old school Jewish humor at its broadest.

Hall Linden Photo by Russ Roland

The set and lighting by Harry Fiener are functional, if minimal, as are the costumes by Anthony Paul-Cavaretta.

Bernie Kopell, Hall Linden Photo by Russ Roland

Two Jews, Talking is 70-minutes and has a audience who will enjoy this, but maybe this should be playing on the Upper East Side or Westchester.

Hall Linden, Bernie Kopell Photo by Russ Roland

Two Jews Talking: Theatre at St Clements, 423 West 46 Street.

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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