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A Jewish Joke
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8:00PM
7924 Lincoln Ave
Phil Johnson stars in a one-man tour de force.
A curmudgeonly Jewish comedy screenwriter from MGM comes up against the Communist blacklist in 1950’s Hollywood. He now has to make the biggest decision of his life. Armed with stories about the great era of Jewish humor, this poignant solo comedy shows one small man facing the tough American events of the mid-20th century.
In 1950’s Hollywood, at the height of the Communist Blacklist, when careers were ruined by a whisper, to be named as a communist was the kiss of death to reputations and careers. It is here that we meet irascible comedy screenwriter Bernie Lutz. Funny & lovable, Bernie can’t believe his luck. He has the world by the tail. Bernie lives for comedy- he’s made his way up the ladder one laugh, one joke at a time – keeping above the fray, turning a blind eye to the political climate and its victims, willing to sell out anyone along the way. He has seen what has happened to friends and colleagues, and he is determined it won’t happen to him or his career. Now, the day of the big red carpet premiere that will solidify Bernie’s career, his world falls apart. He has appeared on ‘the list’, he sees his future collapsing, and to save himself he has been told he must name names and give up his best friend and writing partner. And he has only hours to decide if he will accede to government demands and save his skin, or protect his friend and save his soul in the most serious decision of his life.