The effect is like sitting for 90mins while watching someone flog a pony as it brays for relief. 90mins? It felt more like 3 hours as the vignettes are dished out in an all-you-can-eat buffet line of one-liners, wise cracks and creaky setups for a punchline that is as crusty as week old challah bread. One could possibly imagine this series of bad acts on a cruise line but I wouldn’t subject the poor people of the crippled Carnival Triumph to more hardship and undue grief.
M.R. Hunter – EyeSpyLA
For all of its tiresome humor, “When You’re in Love, the Whole World Is Jewish” attracted a packed house and just extended its run. Original it’s not, but audiences looking for a light evening of familiar jokes might find something enjoyable here.
Katherine Davis – Backstage
Accompanying the sketches with song and atmosphere provides considerable joy, for which director Alexander deserves credit. But too often, by pushing punch lines and overstating the obvious, the director giveth and the director taketh away.
Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly
With the world growing increasingly crude, rude, and mean-spirited, “When You’re In Love” brings the best of this timeless material to life.
Shari Barrett – BroadwayWorld
Together, they turned a celebration of classic Jewish humor into a yarmulke-encrusted piece of dreck that is as unleavened, flat and stale as the Matzo cracker no one found at last year’s Seder. The entire enterprise feels like something that would be assembled by octogenarian do-gooders for the Havurah fundraiser at Del Webb’s Sun City.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema
WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE, THE WHOLE WORLD IS JEWISH
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Runs through March 17, 2013; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.
Tickets: $34.99; (323) 655-7679
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