by Sophie Danis Oberfield

What’s Funny About a Toxic Jewish Mother?

“The Lyons,” Nicky Silver‘s play, now on Broadway at the Cort Theater for an open-ended run, is billed as a comedy. When I saw it recently, the audience around me – mostly Jewish, comfortable and over 65 – seemed to love it, laughing, cheering and applauding (as have the vast majority of the critics). I did not love it, and I’ve been trying to puzzle out why that is.

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