True Shtick, as Spoken by the Natives

The New York Times

Published: October 31, 2005

“On Second Avenue,” first seen last March and April, has reopened through Jan. 1 at the Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, at 76th Street, Manhattan; (212) 239-6200. Following are excerpts from Neil Genzlinger’s review, which appeared in The New York Times on March 16, 2005.

Can a perfectly calibrated ensemble production also be a star vehicle? Apparently so, because that’s what the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater’s revival of “On Second Avenue” is. Six appealing performers with six fine voices share roughly equal time delivering songs and shtick from the heyday of Yiddish theater, yet the show’s biggest name, Mike Burstyn, shines all that much brighter in his solo moments, radiating affability like a fireplace on a cold night.

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