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  • The sex and me monologues

    By Mona Eltahawy

    December 22, 2010 | 4:18 pm

    How do you discuss virginity with a class of American university students without the conversation sounding irrelevant to their lives or, worse, an exercise in exoticizing another culture?

    Women, sex and culture can be a Bermuda Triangle that threatens to demolish discussion through...

  • Rivers Makes Waves

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    To prove she could still tawk Joan Rivers created "Broke and Alone in L.A."

    "I wanted to see if people who didn't know me would think I was funny," said the comedian, who premiered the monologue two years ago at Scotland's Edinburgh Festival.

    At the time, Rivers was alone, but not...

  • All That Glitters Is Golda

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Renee Taylor was growing up in the Bronx, her relatives described packaging matzah for Palestine with Golda Meir in the 1920s. "That made an impression on me," said Taylor, best known as "The Nanny's" Jewish mom, Sylvia Fine.

    Today the actress is hoping to make an impression...

  • Meyer: Hero or Anti-Hero?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "A Jewish friend of mine loves 'The Sopranos,'" Italian American actor Joe Bologna said with a groan. "I told him, 'How'd you like to see a show called "The Goldsteins" about white-collar criminals and the biggest shyster is Izzy Goldstein?"

    Bologna isn't about to play Izzy, but he...

  • Like He Never Left

    By Mike Levy

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The ghost of Lenny Bruce still haunts North Hollywood.

    Just around the corner from the Lankershim Boulevard hobby shop where Bruce was busted for heroin in 1962, "Lenny's Back" at the American Renegade Theatre offers a thoughtful, stinging monologue from the grave.

    The hobby shop,...

  • Going Underground

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The whole time Stacie Chaiken was growing up, nobody discussed her great-grandfather, Louie."My Grandpa Irving refused to speak about his father. Ever," says Chaiken, whose monologue, "Looking for Louie," is premiering at Pacific Resident Theatre.

    Louie was just one secret in a...

  • A Jew from Nogales

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fred Rochlin can't understand all the fuss over his monologue, "Old Man in a Baseball Cap," about his adventures during World War II.

    "I'm not an actor," he insists. "I'm an old guy."

    Never mind Rochlin's invitation to the renowned Louisville arts festival; his residency at the...

  • Great Exploitations

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "I went into therapy because I needed to resolve a horrible conflict," Martin Lewis reveals in his delightfully cheeky one-man show, "Great Exploitations! An Audience With Martin Lewis." "I happen to be obviously British, but also Jewish."

    Lewis, who believes he's "the only...