Charlie Varon

Charlie_FeistyFEISTY OLD JEW

Written & Performed by Charlie Varon
Developed with & directed by David Ford
February 21 – March 22 | 
Berkeley
Saturday 8:30pm, Sunday at 5pm
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“Irresistible… comic gold!” — SF Chronicle

At age 83, here’s what Bernie hates: yoga studios, tattoo parlors, boutiques of all kinds, medical marijuana dispensaries, $6 cups of coffee and the young people who are drinking them. It’s hot, an October Sunday in San Francisco. Out on the street, Bernie gets tired of waiting for a cab, sticks out his thumb. He’s picked up by three 20-somethings in a Tesla with a cappuccino maker in the dashboard and two surfboards strapped to the roof. By the time they get to the beach in Bolinas, Bernie has convinced the kids to let him surf for the first time in his life, and bet them $400,000 that he’ll ride a wave.

Feisty Old Jew is the story of a 20th-century man living in a 21st-century city. It’s also a fast, wild ride through the fertile comic mind of the man the SF Chronicle calls “San Francisco’s brightest satiric star.”

Special Events at ‘Feisty Old Jew’

Sat Feb 21: 
Berkeley premiere of FEISTY features free servings of Stephanie Weisman’s incredible noodle kugel plus special opening guest, Jeff Greenwald, telling his story “Riddle of the Sphinx,” a hilarious tale of an American traveler at the Saudi border.

Sun Feb 22: 
Show opens with comedian Don Reed, giving a sneak peek of his new showStereotypo: Rants and Rumblings at The DMV”: The DMV — Everybody gets a number.  Everybody’s got a story. But it may not be… the one you expect.

Sat Feb 28: 
Special pre-Purim show co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. Opening act: Peretz Wolf-Prusan tells stories of Jewish survival by wit and foolishness.

Sun March 1:
Show opens with an excerpt of David Jacobson’s wild new story “Uncle Jack”: He’s got a fake right arm, dung beetles are his heroes, and then Helen Keller read his lips. Stay after the show for jazz and Jupiter’s pizza in the Marsh Cabaret.

Sat March 7: 
David Kleinberg kicks off the evening with an excerpt of his powerful stage memoir of the Vietnam War, “Hey, Hey LBJ!”

Sun March 8: 
Opening act: Paul Sussman gives a taste of his new comic monologue “There Goes the Hood 1.0”: Has it always been Winners and Losers? Ask a Neanderthal! If you can find one.

Artist Biography

Charlie Varon has been called “very funny” (The New Yorker), “hilarious” (The Washington Post), and “wildly entertaining” (SF Chronicle). He has been performing at The Marsh for over two decades, where his many solo shows have won audience and critical acclaim. These shows–all created in collaboration with David Ford–include Rush Limbaugh in Night School, The People’s Violin and Rabbi Sam. Charlie has performed all over the country, and his plays have been translated into 820 languages.

Press & Media

“Literary, comic gold. There’s nothing surprising about Charlie Varon’s ability to play four people in one car so skillfully that there’s never any doubt about who’s saying what, nor his remarkable skills as a satirist of our times. This is the vocal mimic who used to rattle off entire mock BBC news broadcasts, with indelibly voiced correspondents from every corner of the world…What’s particularly striking about Varon’s ‘Feisty Old Jew,’ the world premiere that opened Saturday at the Marsh, is its literary quality.”  – SF Chronicle

“Captivating!” — theidiolect.com

“Beautifully written.  Varon is a captivating figure and skillful storyteller.” — San Francisco Examiner

“An intoxicatingly delicious ride.” – My Cultural Landscape

Show Info

Tickets: $25 – $35 sliding scale | $50 & $100 Reserved Seating
Saturdays & Sundays 5:00pm (Exception: March 15 at 7pm)
65 minutes | No intermission | Ages 13+ | Please do not bring infants to the show
Photo Credit: Myra Levy

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.

To purchase tickets, please click on a date below:

  • March 1, 2015 5:00 PMFeisty Old Jew
  • March 7, 2015 8:30 PMFeisty Old Jew
  • March 8, 2015 5:00 PMFeisty Old Jew
  • March 14, 2015 8:30 PMFeisty Old Jew
  • March 15, 2015 7:00 PMFeisty Old Jew
  • March 21, 2015 8:30 PMFeisty Old Jew
  • March 22, 2015 5:00 PMFeisty Old Jew
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