Theater: My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Despite some fierce wishes to the contrary, no one can choose his or her family. Heritage is also something left to fate.

"My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy" is a one-man play of writer Steve Solomon's musings on the good times and cosmic jokes that can result from those facts.

Get to know Solomon's boisterous family and learn his survival tactics for living amid this group of strong personalities. The characters are presented through recountings of family stories, with myriad sound effects, accents, cheek pinches and sour memories.

There's his noncommunicative dad, his stubborn mother and the family that never approved of their union. And, of course, the fun-loving (occasionally predictable) jokes that are oft cracked about these ethnicities.

Actor Ron Tobin (shown), noted for his versatility and spot-on comedic timing, was handpicked by Solomon to bring this story to life.

Even with the drama and Prozac prescriptions Solomon's familial relationships sometimes spawn, the play reminds theatergoers that home is ultimately where the heart is.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy

Friday-Saturday, April 1-2

Lincoln Theatre

769 E. Long St., Downtown