Off-Broadway Revue Takes
Humorous Look At Jewish Life
That's Life: From
nose jobs to the
extinction of the
ewish life in America will be
skewered and celebrated at
the 13th annual Laker Con-
cert Sunday, Dec. 10, at Con-
gregation Shaarey Zedek in
The off-Broadway musical revue,
That's Life, featuring, a cast of five,
takes a comical look at nose jobs,
Through Dec. 15. Henry Ford
Community College. 5101 Ever-
green, Dearborn. (313) 271-2750.
Nature Observed, Nature
American Landscape Drawings
and Watercolors. Through Dec.
31. The Detroit Institute of Arts.
Tommy Chong with Vince
Morris and John Uberroth.
Through Dec. 2. 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Chaplin's Comedy Club West,
16890 Telegraph Road, Detroit.
the near-extinction of the "nice Jew-
ish boy," and the preservation of
Yiddish and Jewish guilt, to name
a few subjects near and dear to Jew-
The audience will be treated to
many song and dance satirical
twists including "Tap My Poten-
tial," "Bei Mir Bist Du Rap" and
"The Geshrunken Meshuggenah
Rag — You Do it With a Shrink."
The Laker Concert was first pre-
sented in 1982 to an audience of
about 60. Its popularity has gained
over the years, as evidenced by the
1,800 people who attended last
year's concert featuring Broadway
entertainer Bruce Adler. Adler was
Larry Reeb with Dave Klein
and Frank G. Through Dec. 2.
8:30 p.m. Chaplin's East Com-
edy Club, 34244 Groesbeck,
Clinton Township. (810) 792-
Jeff Jena. Through D e c. 3.
8:30 p.m. Mark Ridley's Come-
dy Castle, Royal Oak. (810) 542-
brook Institute of Science. (810)
Wild Lights, Through Dec.
30. Animal theme displays in
lights. 5:30-8 p.m. The Detroit
Zoo. (810) 541-5835.
Corinne Stavish, storyteller.
8 p.m. Borders Books and Mu-
sic, Farmington Hills. (810) 737-
Waginogan: The Gathering
Place. A replica of an Indian
"gathering place" has been cre-
ated. Through May 5. 1-4 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays. Cran-
Mamma Roma. A retired
prostitute decides to reclaim her
now 16-year-old son. 7 and 9:30
p.m. The Detroit Film Theatre.
accompanied by the
choir and 40 cantors.
Five years ago, a
choir from Riga per-
"People wait for this event," said
dentist Gerald Laker, who, along
with his brothers Marty and Irving,
decided to host a Chanukah concert
13 years ago to honor his parents,
Harry and Sarah Laker. That
evolved into the concert series.
"My mother and dad have always
been involved in Jewish communi-
ty events. They felt those who are
able to give to the community
should, and my brothers and I have
continued with this attitude. We're
trying to do something for our corn-
munity, and this is one of our ex-
pressions," he said.
Shaarey Zedek Cantor Chaim
Najman was able to persuade the
cast of That's Life to make South-
field one of their tour stops. The re-
vue features an original score by 12
critically acclaimed New York com-
posers and lyricists. Conceived, di-
rected and choreographed by Helen
Butleroff, That's Life features Lisa
Rochelle, Aliza Loewy, Jeff Korn,
Danny Rutiglino and Jay Bodin. ❑
The Laker Concert is free to
the public. The show will begin
at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.0. For
ticket information., call Con.gr641!
gation Shaarey Zedek at (810)
Detroit Symphony Orches-
tra, Violinist Maxim Vengerov
joins the DSO. 10:45 a.m. Or-
chestra Hall. (313) 833-3700.
Beyond the Horizon. 8 p.m.
The Hilberry Theatre. (313) 577-
American Buffalo. 8 p.m,
The Studio Theatre of the
Hilberry Theatre. (313) 577-
Shear Madness. 7:30 p.m.
Gem Theatre. (313) 963-9800.
Joseph and the Amazing
Opening night. Through Jan. 28.
8 p.m. The Masonic Temple The-
atre. (313) 832-2232.
Once Upon A Mattress.
Weekends through Dec. 17 at
Historic Players Club, 3321 E.
Jefferson, Detroit. Tickets, $7,
include lunch. Discount for those
who donate children's books.
Street Theater, Through
Dec. 16. 8 p.m. Cork-town Neigh-
borhood, 1234 Porter, Detroit.
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