Laugh Till You Cry

Australian Jewish News
Theatre Review—Stan Marks

…the play was filled with humour, the love of family, the tragedy, traumas and impossibilities of a Jewish marriage, the relations between husband and wife, children and parents, and with daughters-in-law and sons-in-law.

Jack Felman gave a riveting performance as the Eastern European Jewish husband, family man and Holocaust survivor with a subtle—and times not so subtle—insight into Jewish family life.

He also looks at how the mother manipulates the rest of the family and her influence on all its members in a practice that can be traced back thousands of years.

At times Felman switched from Yiddish to half English and half Yiddish, which made it easier for those with a scant knowledge of Yiddish to appreciate the humour and some of the barbs, which may have been too truthful for a few people.

Lena Fiszman—who gave a rewarding performance as the wife and mother—explains, the real meaning of why Jews are described as the “chosen people” is because the schadchen chose the men and women for each other.

This was especially so after millions who would have wed each other were killed in the Holocaust. Allen Brostek was a warm, convincing and humorous interlocutor who contributed to the overall success.

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.
Allen Brostek
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.
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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