“KOPELL GETS BIG LAUGHS, LINDEN KILLS!
An old Jew of Moses’ tribe shuffles onto a set that evokes “Godot”—some boulders and a scraggly tree—soon followed by a fellow-wanderer. Lou (Hal Linden), a cynic, and Bud (Bernie Kopell), patient, hopeful, and faithful, have been thirty years in the desert together. Bud trusts in Moses and believes in the promised land. Lou thinks Moses doesn’t have a clue, has been taking them in circles, and is, in fact, lost, “l-o-s-t in the desert,” as he likes to say. So begins a joke-filled debate on subjects theological and mundane, ranging from the Ten Commandments to dietary laws and beyond. After a pause, the rocks are replaced by a park bench, and the players return as Marty and Phil, strangers but basically the same guys, a few thousand years later. The talk turns to health, Heaven, family, and, again, faith.
The writer, Ed. Weinberger, who’s been concocting quality comedy since the sixties, has modeled the script with a comfortable Borscht Belt rhythm. He and the director, Dan Wackerman, give deadpan Kopell (“Get Smart,” “The Love Boat”) some of the biggest laugh lines, but it’s Linden—whose theatre bona fides stretch back to 1957, on Broadway opposite Judy Holliday in “Bells Are Ringing”—who kills. Comic timing like you wouldn’t believe. The b-e-s-t.”
— Ken Marks, The New Yorker
“LINDEN AND KOPELL SPARKLE!
Jewish humor has been woven inextricably into American culture and can, when crafted adroitly, carry a resonance beyond its punch lines. This is the case in Two Jews, Talking, by veteran television writer, Ed. Weinberger, who mines laughs and poignance from anecdotes and observations that seem neither funny nor profound at face value. I found it funnier than the 2000 year old man.”
—Elysa Gardner, NY Sun
Thanks to both Dan Wackerman’s skillful direction and the multitalented Linden and Kopell, the irony, beauty, and funny,
even sidesplitting moments of Weinberger’s script avoid settling for caricatures.”
—Rachel S. Kovacs, OffOff Online
“A TOUR DE FORCE FOR THESE TWO TV LEGENDS”
—Joel Benjamin, TheaterScene.net
“Linden and Kopell deliver pungent punch lines.”
—Diane Snyder, Theatermania
“THE JOKES LAND!—
how could they not with these two!”
—Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicles
“The chance to see two veteran actors hold court over an enraptured, sold-out audience, from the moment they step on stage.”
Judd Hollander, The Epoch Times
“IN A WORD, 'FUNNY!'
Hal Linden and Bernie Kopell know how to entertain. Their command of the stage and focus is superb.
Watching them in this play is like attending a comedy master class.”
—Karen Nowosad, Let's Go To The Theater
"I HAD A BLAST. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN!
There’s something special happening at the Theater at St. Clement’s right now: A kind of
'Waiting for Godot' meets 'The 2000 Year Old Man!'
—This Week in New York: An Insider's Guide to Arts & Culture