…A new Jewish comedy, which has played to sell out seasons in both Melbourne and Sydney, depicts the "trials and tribulations of a pair of ageing Jewish parents".

Written by Melbourne comedian and GP, Dr. Jack Felman, the play focuses on the conflict between Jewish immigrants and their children who often struggle to meet their parents’ demanding expectations..

Dr. Felman, the son of Holocaust survivors, says that the play is based on real-life experiences. "I don't tell any lies or make up anything. Everything is taken from my own experiences, my wife's, the cast's and the experiences of my friends and patients."

The play stars Dr. Felman as Velvel Pszeszekowski, a typical Jewish zaida, with Lena Fiszman as his aptly-named Yiddishe wife, Mania. Their son is played by Allen Brostek..

Dr. Felman says that most people can relate to his characters regardless of their age or background.

"I want people to look at issues that they had with their parents and to be able to laugh at them instead of crying at them. As a doctor, I try to laughter. Laughter is the best therapy, it is the best medicine."

Jack Felman—Velvel

Jack Felman is a G.P. practicing in Melbourne. He has been writing and performing comedy for 30 years. 20 years ago he created the Buba, the Jewish grandmother, a character who is well known to Melbourne audiences and has now hit the Sydney scene. In recent years Jack has created a new character, - the Jewish grandfather, Zaida Velvel, a Holocaust survivor, that Jack presents his latest work based on personal experiences and stories gleaned from many other survivors and their children.
Allen Brostek—Allen

Allen is a chartered accountant in real life and has previously performed in Purim speils. He has often utilised humour as an outlet for his experiences in dealing with the ups and downs of growing up in a Holocaust survivor household and believes that the play mirrors various experiences of many children of survivors.
Lena Fiszman—Mania

Lena is a professional actress of many years standing and also a founding member of the highly successful comedy cabaret group The Hot Bagels which appeared throughout Australia and the US in cabarets, theatres and on TV.

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