Funny Old Broads Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 14 2014

Comic Caryn Bark's bit about middle-aged Jewish ladies floundering through the byzantine rules of mahjong—"It's like Alzheimer's daycare"—had me laughing hard enough to compromise my bladder's integrity. It's the sort of unforced, well-observed domestic comedy she's been polishing for decades. But the harrowing, hilarious stories of her husband's open-heart surgery show how deep her comedy has grown since her breakout one-woman show Diary of a Skokie Girl in 1995. Bark hosts this 90-minute showcase of nonyoung Jewish funny ladies, and while costars Robin Riebman, Pam Peterson, and Jan Slavin aren't in her league, they're likeable, inventive, and occasionally ingenious comediennes. Bark's sharp, fearless 20-minute set focusing on the perils of aging makes me hope Diary of Skokie Decrepitude is in the works.—Justin Hayford

Price: $25

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