Avi Hoffman's TOO JEWISH? Opens At The PGA Arts Center On December 28th
In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, Avi Hoffman's Too Jewish? will return to South Florida. Produced by PGA Arts Center in Association with Yiddishkayt Initiative, Inc & University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, Too Jewish? will begin performances at PGA in Palm Beach Gardens, on Thursday, December 28 and run through Sunday, January 21, 2018.
Too Jewish? premiered Off-Broadway at New York's Houseman Theatre in 1994 & has been presented all over the world, as well as on the national PBS network. Hoffman, a child of Holocaust survivors, was taught at an early age to appreciate the beauty & depth of Jewish literature, music & tradition. In Too Jewish? Hoffman combines a delightful mix of music, comedy, impersonations & personal reminiscences, taking his audiences on a journey through his own Jewish roots, illustrating the traditions & history of his beloved Yiddish culture.
"Too Jewish? has had incredible success nationally and in South Florida, so we have decided to bring the production that changed my life back to PGA Arts Center," Hoffman said. "This will be the perfect family outing for the holidays as the mixture of musical styles in the show appeals to all age groups. It will be the ORIGINAL production, with some new perspectives on how my life has dramatically changed since then."Too Jewish? has won multiple awards for Hoffman, including Performer of the Year '95 by NY Press Magazine & the prestigious Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Actor in a Musical in 2001. His most recent portrayal of Willie Loman in the Yiddish production of Death of a Salesman garnered him a NY Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Actor in a Revival & was featured last summer at The Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, the largest Yiddishkayt Festival in North America. Hoffman is both a NY Drama Desk & an Outer Critics Circle Award nominee & his 2012 Carbonell Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical was in recognition of his work as Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray at Actors Playhouse in Miami. He performs worldwide and has worked in nearly every professional South Florida theatre, accumulating multiple awards & nominations. His two popular sequels to Too Jewish? - Too Jewish, Too! & Still Jewish After All These Years - have been seen throughout North America.
Hoffman directed and acted in the world premiere of Unlikely Heroes, performed in the Daryl Roth Florida tour of Stars of David & just completely a run of Reflections of a Lost Poet - The Life & Works of Itzik Manger, written by his mother, acclaimed playwright, author & scholar, Miriam Hoffman. The production was performed in Yiddish, with both English & Spanish super-titles. Hoffman's upcoming Yiddish film Shehita (Slaughter) will be featured in the 2018 Miami Jewish Film Festival on January 13, 2018.