3 - 18 OCTOBER 1998
St. Martins Theatre
When Itzak Goldberg arrives in New York in 1934 with his father, both escapees from the Russian pogroms, one of the first things he does is change his name to Eddie Ross. He wants to retain nothing that makes his Jewishness a target.
He wants to be American.
His sons - Joey, whom he is training to be a boxer, and a younger boy Charlie, who is also the adult narrator - live in confusion about being Jewish. They have mostly made the transition to all-American boys but discover their heritage can not be forgotten.
Through the journey of Charlie's childhood, we see the forces and paradoxes that shape fatherhood.
We arrive in the end, as so many do, at the beginning.
This is a wonderful brave play full of laughter and tears
- as is life.