Stage Review

Modern Orthodox (2004)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Opening Date: Dec 06, 2004; Lead Performances: Craig Bierko, Jason Biggs and Molly Ringwald

American Pie star Jason Biggs wears out his welcome quickly in Daniel Goldfarb's trifle of a play. A self-professed shmegege who deals in diamonds, Biggs' Hershel gloms onto two ''ersatz Jews'' he hardly knows: He helps them find their faith, they help him find a virgin bride (Jenn Harris, so funny you could plotz), and the audience must endure cringe-worthy punchlines. Hershel on his parents: ''They love each other like a dog his balls.'' Oy! Thankfully, Craig Bierko and Molly Ringwald (as the couple) provide an oasis of calm amid all of Modern Orthodox's mishegoss. (TC)

Originally posted Dec 20, 2004 Published in issue #798 Dec 24, 2004 Order article reprints