This is a funny, quirky, campy musical, 23 great songs, inspired by a father/daughter relationship that never took place! The outrageous concept alone is worth the price of admission, but the audience walks away with so much more. Ill be humming "I Love the Early Bird Special" the next time I eat in a diner, and after "Truth in Jest", the antics of the insult comedian will never be quite the same. A certain amount of anger and pain must have fueled Sheba Mason to write about her indifferent father, the comedian Jackie Mason, yet she deftly uses humor to mask any lasting bitterness. The writing, singing, and performances are all first rate; I absolutely loved this show! If I have any serious criticism, it concerns a certain imbalance between Acts I and II. The first Act, lasting about an hour and a half, recreates the hectic circumstances under which Jackie met and seduced Shebas mother, Ginger. The second Act barely lasts an hour and abruptly ends with Jackie suddenly changing his mind and deigning to see his newborn daughter wow...what a breakthrough.... I felt like I was dropped off a cliff; I wanted more. The infant that Jackie ignored for the next few decades became a stand-up performer and is the creative force behind this wonderfully funny play. I cant help feeling that by including more of her life as she matured, juxtoposed with Jackies meteoric career, a more complete picture would have been painted of father and daughter, and would have improved the symmetry of the play.
702 Punchlines & Pregnant: The Jackie Mason Musical on Monday, Jul 4th, 2011