Home for the Holidays Humor

Steve Solomon is not alone. There are many interfaith marriages in the tri-state area, and Solomon is one of those kids who could have gotten away with taking twice the religious holidays off from school while growing up. The creator of My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays … the Therapy Continues! (Dec. 2-6 in Troesh Studio Theater) is a living symbol of one of the more common cultural collisions in 20th century New York, where lunchtime salami sandwiches followed breakfast bagels and living room stereos were stacked with Streisand and Sinatra albums.

The holidays are a particular rich mine of comedy material for Solomon, who brought dozens of characters based largely on friends and family to the stage in the original My Mother’s Italian My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy.This time the location is one that’s become familiar to Solomon since first taking his one-man show on tour. I’m stuck at the Atlanta airport due to a storm and I can’t get home for our annual holiday dinner,” says Solomon. “I start chatting with the other people in the airport and tell them about my family.”

Solomon’s mother, father and “demented Uncle Paulie” are back along with Paulie’s 400-pound wife Tina thanks to cell phone technology, while airport terminal announcements add to the factors that may send the Jewish-Italian protagonist back to therapy before he can find solace in a kitchen fully stocked with cannoli and latkes. Solomon thinks the fourth installment of his semi-biographical series is his favorite. “This is essentially a different show from all the others,” he says. “The script is revised on a day-to-day and moment-by-moment basis. Sometimes even I laugh at the spontaneous revisions. It’s the first time I’ve heard them, too.”

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