Rena Strober at Don't Tell Mama - A Solo Act Worth Catching...

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I’m always nervous when I go see a friend perform, because I’ve never been good at lying, so if it’s not good – it can get messy. That said, I’m happy to without hesitation put in the 'highly recommended department,' the solo debut of the fabulous Rena Strober at Don't Tell Mama. Yes, that Rena Strober, who was caught in the middle of that “little incident” at Rao's last year.  

That's a subject she touches on throughout the evening, in “Spaghetti and Matzoh Balls” which covers the journey of her adult life, and explains how a nice, Jewish girl discovers she has a little Italian inside her as well. Rena's got a talent that's part Sarah Brightman, part Madeline Kahn, and the rest wonderfully all her own.

The show featured a variety of music, cleverly opening with the theme from the Godfather presented in Italian and Yiddish, which set the tone for the rest of the evening. Continuing with a mix of songs from Irving Berlin, Lerner & Loew, Billy Joel and a slew of other songwriters, it was all eaten up a very enthusiastic audience obviously enjoying a delightful performer on stage. Making it truly a family affair, the concert was directed by her brother, Dean Strober, whose staging fit the ups and downs of the piece perfectly. 

If you’re looking for a good hours entertainment with lots of laughs, and the occasional tearjerker from one of today’s bright young talents, I’d recommend putting this one on your “to see” list. With all the crappy cabaret-type performances out there, I always breathe a sigh of relief after seeing one of the good ones. She’ll be repeating on Wednesday, October 6th and 13th at 6:30pm, October 17th at 5:30 pm and October 20th at 6:30 pm at Don’t Tell Mama. For reservations call: 212-757-0788.

Posted on October 01, 2004 - by

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I'll have to catch this
by dry2olives @ 10/01/04, 12:25:15 PM

As an Italian Jew I suppose this is required for me.

Comden and Green wrote a list of things to say when a friend gives a bad performance. Stuff like "You were never better!" and "Wow, you did it again!"

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