Yentl meets Showgirls in this award-winning one-woman road show about a female Rabbinical student who stumbles into a strip club and discovers her true calling: spreading Jewish wisdom with her posse of exotic-dancing back-up preachers. All goes smoothly until they take their 'stripping-Rabbi' show on the road to seniors' homes and are forced to run for it in the RV they call the Bush Mobile. With the aid of religious guru and comic Jackie Mason and Madonna's inspirational lyrics, the ladies find that love, hope and mysticism are always just around the corner.
Hailed as "equal parts hilarious, captivating and smart" by Eye Weekly and "reverent and irreverent" by NYTheatre.com, Tracey Erin Smith's one-act solo shows The Burning Bush! and Two in the Bush! won Best of Toronto Fringe in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Each play also garnered the Audience Choice Award at the Frigid Festival in NYC. This production marks the New York premiere of the full-length version. THE CRITICS AGREE: "Smith's exploration of faith, humanity, and love deserves a broad congregation" - BACK STAGE Magazine, New York, 2008. "It deals with deep spiritual issues in a way that is at once both reverent and irreverent, respecting the tradition and at the same time, allowing an audience who may be unfamiliar with it inside. At one point in the show, one of the strippers presents Kabbalah in two-and-a-half-minutes, using early Madonna lyrics. I don't know of any other show that could get away with doing that, and meaning it." ¬ -nytheatre.com, February 2008 "**** Tracey Erin Smith, as the stripping rabbi Barbara Baumawitz, showcases her dark humour, comedic timing and commanding presence…. equal parts hilarious, captivating and smart. Smith dives into character after character, including Jackie Mason, her Lil' Kim-esque stripper friend, Jewish senior citizens, rabbis, her high-pitched best friend, a Matthew McConaughey-ish dirty southern handyman and more…. A definite must-see." - Eye Weekly, 2006"**** Tracey Erin Smith is a consummate entertainer who combines Madonna music, pole-dancing and Star of David Go-Go boots to reveal that the fine line between the striptease and the religious experience is not only hilarious - it's a revelation." - Eye Weekly, July, 2006
Performed as part of Untitled Theater Company #61's The Festival of Jewish Theater and Ideas.