When asked how he advanced to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Leaf Coneybear — played Michael Innocenti — admitted that he actually placed third in his school. However, the first place finisher couldn’t attend the Putnam County Bee because he had his bar mitzvah that day. And the second place finisher… he was a guest of the bar mitzvah boy.
Jewish jokes like this one are inevitable in a play that is about high-strung parents and academic achievement (although Tiger Mom Amy Chua might now be the prototypical achievement parent). But if you’re able to keep bad childhood memories from cropping up, then you should definitely go see The Bee at Keegan Theater.
The play is one of the funniest I have seen — great plot, amusing personalities, and clever lines.
And to make it oh-so-much-better, the play is VERY geographically desirable. Keegan theater is on Church street, between 17th and 18th — basically a 5 minute walk from Dupont North.
There only three performances remaining: Thursday. July 7; Friday, July 8; and Saturday, July 9, so get your tickets now!
P.S. It’s been a while since a Jew has won the National Scripps Spelling Bee… Indian Americans are dominating.