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Jacob and Jack - Full Length Play

Jacob and Jack

James Sherman

Full Length Play

3m, 3f

Jack Shore, a well-known television personality, is appearing for one …

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Jack Shore, a well-known television personality, is appearing for one night only in a tribute to his grandfather, Jack Shemerinsky, great star of the Yiddish Theater. Backstage in his dressing room, Jack confronts his challenges as an actor and as a husband to his co-starring wife. Simultaneously, 75 years in the past, Jacob has problems of his own. Actors play their past and present roles in a dizzying display of life in the theater in this time-traveling farce.
"JACOB AND JACK is a comedy transcending time. The humor is beautifully showcased in the similarities and differences between past and present theatre. It's witty with a shmeer of the absurd…a comedic shtick with hilarious results. Sherman has delivered a farce honoring not only the Yiddish theatre but also highlighting the struggles of contemporary theatre." —ChicagoTheaterBlog.com. "A classic marital farce ingeniously complicated by historical layering and virtuosic dual role-playing. And a beguiling comic love letter to the American theater—from its Yiddish roots to its long obsession with the siren call that lures stage actors to Hollywood. All this, plus a whole lot of laugh-out-loud escapades." —Chicago Sun-Times.


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James Sherman

James Sherman

James Sherman is the author of the plays Magic Time, The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest A Second!, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza!, Half and Half, Relatively Close, and Jacob and Jack.James was a theatre student at Illinois State University in the early 1970’s. He began his professional career as a writer ... view full profile

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