Comedian Steve Solomon is dusting off his psychiatrist’s comfy leather couch as he takes another turn trying to understand the family dynamics of his multi-cultural clan in “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Still in Therapy.”  Long Wharf Theatre’s Mainstage in New Haven will be playing host at a birthday party for Steve’s eighty-five year old father until Sunday, July 18.

Don’t tell Steve’s papa, because it’s a surprise, that is if Steve’s twin sister, the perpetual smoker, can find the senior clubhouse where it’s being held and deliver the guest of honor on time.  Meatballs and matzoh balls don’t normally mix but if Steve Solomon puts them together in his own unique recipe, they’ll probably be delicious.

This time around Steve is waiting for all his wacky relatives to arrive for the big celebration, from both sides of the aisle, his Aunt Millie and Uncle Frankie, Cousins Kenny and Bobby, Uncles Sam and Dave, the whole mishpokhe, or extended family.  Don’t worry, Steve will impersonate them all and share all their secrets and idiosyncrasies at the same time.

He’ll give you tips on dieting, on being a pet owner and lover, on hearing aids and hypochondria, double dating and the dangers of eating broccoli, with more than a passing nod to bathroom functions and the joys of yoga.  His childhood growing up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn is his jumping off point for all the humor and trauma that makes his life so much like our own.

For tickets ($40), call the Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven at 203-787-4282 or online at  Performances are Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Also watch for Rob Becker’s “Defending the Caveman,” August 11-22, tickets $32, about men and women and their fascinating, delightful and frustrating differences.

Fill your July and August with laughter as Long Wharf Theatre’s 2010 Summer Comedy Series sends you into peals of rapture and joy.


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