By Bob Evans
Oy Vey! If you know Yiddish, you will love this show because “Yiddish with Dick and Jane” makes fun of the classic children’s story with some added bits of adult humor, some adult Yiddish slang, and just down right funny lines.
The shallow characters are wonderfully brought to life by a talented cast that wrings out every bit of humor with each line. The direction is fun; the cast if fun with their tongue-in-cheek campy delivery; the dialogue is sharp and funny–especially with the dry humor of the narrators.
The only downfall is that those not stepped in the Jewish community do not know any of the Yiddish words and do not understand some of the humor. This reviewer is one of those. While some of the words are known, most were not and so the jokes associated with those words were lost. And they were not used enough to take root in the memory long enough to remember them.
Still, the show is fun and games. Even those who know no Yiddish will find plenty to laugh about. Some of the sight jokes are cute. Two ultra white parents are the parents of a black daughter (in this case, played by a drag queen); how funny. The golf lesson definitely brings laughs. The two narrators are hilarious with their verbal delivery and facial expressions.
The cast is: Korey Childs, Matthew McGaugh, Jessica Alcorn, Christoph Nevins, Kory F Burch, Mitch Simmons, and Sara Crow.
Tags: Kansas City Fringe Festival, “Yiddish with Dick and Jane”, Arts Asylum, Kansas City Performing Arts, Kansas City Theater, Kansas City Arts & Entertainment