My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy | North Shore Center for the Performing Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 7 2016

Written by and starring actor-comedian Brad Zimmerman as himself, this 90-minute show hit a home run with the North Shore crowd thanks to its mix of rapid-fire Jewish jokes and pathos. Zimmerman’s underdog spirit comes out as he chronicles his rise to the top of Little League in junior high and subsequent fall from grace in adulthood, when he finds himself waiting tables and waiting in the wings for a shot at stardom. This show is that shot, and he makes his mother proud with its memorable zingers and surprising emotional depth. Customers may not have liked Zimmerman the waiter (he didn’t like them either), but this “Zimmy” is a lovable loser who’s finally found his calling. Which is jokes like this one: "A waiter asks three older Jewish ladies, 'Is anything all right?'” —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $41-$56

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