Comedian Steve Solomon likens his family to a Snickers bar, “sweet with nuts,” and he is willing and eager to share all their crunchy goodness in his intimate and funny show “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy.”  In fact, he sets his show at a psychiatrist’s office as he is waiting for his $200 an hour weekly fix.

Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven has a couch all ready for Mr. Solomon Wednesday, August 19 to Sunday, August 30 and you’re invited to pull up a chair and take notes of your own.  He has warmed up his routine last week and how he wants you to get in on the fun.  Solomon milks his family stories like they’re a fertile cow, but he’s careful not to mix dairy with meat because it wouldn’t be kosher.

His mixed marriage parents provide him with a wealth of material, from his Palermo born mama whose arms are thick and strong from stirring her gravy, i.e. spaghetti sauce, to his Russian-born papa who solves every problem by taking the clan out for Chinese food.

Also tossed into the melting pot are his Indian psychiatrist Dr. Patel, his Iranian New York taxi cab driver, his sister’s thirty year smoking career, his cousin Kenny whose chandelier is missing quite a number of light bulbs, to his beloved grandmother who only cooked with chicken fat to his other beloved nonna who loved to hear him practice for his $2 an hour piano lessons but could also curse you with the evil eye.

Solomon is gifted with voices, sound effects and making his unique personal experiences have a universal appeal.  So maybe it wasn’t your mother or wife who used the smoke alarm as a meal timer, it was your aunt Ethel.

For tickets ($27-32), call Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven  at 203-787-4282 or online at  Performances are Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.  He also has a cookbook
called appropriately “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy Cookbook” available for $21.98 in the lobby after the show.

Let Steve Solomon take you along as he visits the extended family, friends, medical professions and complete strangers who provide him with entertaining material and wonderful wackiness to make a lifetime of funny shows.

This review originally appeared in the Middletown Press.

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