Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?
Irreverent local monologuist Josh Kornbluth turns his considerable powers of pondering to Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. Raised atheist by Marxist parents, Kornbluth reacted strongly when he first saw Warhol's 1980 exhibit at The Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco. Commissioned by the museum to explore his unease on stage, Kornbluth developed his latest one-man show, Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, turning his theatrical monocle on pop art, cultural Judaism, and what on god's green earth Warhol's motives were.
In the process, Kornbluth - naturally - learns something about his own identity and the spiritual dimensions of the controversial. Smart, fierce, and entertaining, Kornbluth's latest doesn't discriminate. All faiths are welcome: Mormon, Buddhist, even those vaguely creepy dudes with thermoses that may or may not be full of Kool-aid. Just be willing and able to use your brain.
Through February 27. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets are $20-26 at 510-841-6500 or shotgunplayers.org.