Our relationships with our parents are strange things. No matter how close we are to them, no matter how much we know about what their lives were like before we came along, we can still only see them as our parents. It's difficult to imagine, say, how they interact with their co-workers, or picture them dating, or know them as their friends know them. Perhaps this is a good thing — too much information has the potential to be disappointing at best, and relationship-ruining at worst. Sol Shank certainly got a taste of the problems that can come with too much information. He set out to make a documentary about his famous father, who is an author, an intellectual and a therapist. While doing his due diligence, Sol came across some details about dear ol' dad that he hadn't been privy to before, and these details were of the sort that made him question a lot about his own life, including what it means to be Jewish. To dig into the details of Sol's identity alongside him, be sure to catch the New Jewish Theatre's production of The People's Violin. Written as a one-man show, this version of Charlie Varon's play is presented with four actors, and after the performances this weekend, audience members will have the opportunity to speak with Varon himself. The People's Violin is presented at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (February 24 through March 14) at Clayton High School (1 Mark Twain Circle); the shows on Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, will be attended by Varon, and he'll stick around afterward for a discussion. Tickets cost $24 to $34 at 314-442-3283 or www.newjewishtheatre.org.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: Feb. 25. Continues through March 14, 2010