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About This Show

“Charlie Varon is very funny” – The New Yorker;
“An uncannily gifted mimic” – Washington Post; “San Francisco’s brightest satiric star” – SF Chronicle.

Rabbi Sam is the spiritual genius who will bring American Judaism into the 21st century. Or he’s completely out of his mind. You decide.

The play tells the story of a rabbi who wants to reinvent American Judaism, and the congregation that hires him. Some people love the new rabbi. Some can’t stand him. And, of course, some can’t stand each other.

Varon plays all 12 characters, including the rabbi and eight contentious board members. Funny, moving, bursting with energy and ideas, Rabbi Sam is a play for Jews, Gentiles and anyone who has ever attended a meeting.

The San Francisco Chronicle has credited Charlie Varon with “redefining the art form” of solo theater. He’s the creator of the hit shows Rush Limbaugh in Night School and The People’s Violin, and director of Dan Hoyle’s Tings Dey Happen. This is Charlie Varon’s first new full-length play in nine years. The Marsh is thrilled to have back on stage our edgy, comic genius!

Show Details

Running Time: 2hr 0min (1 intermission)
Dates: Opening Night: October 17, 2009 Final Performance: November 22, 2009