- $49 for one ticket to Handle With Care (up to an $87.25 value)
- When: January 16–February 4; select a showtime upon purchase
- Where: The Westside Theatre Downstairs
- Seating: orchestra level
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Handle With Care
Like many a great romantic comedy or terrible plan for a cross-country train trip, Handle With Care depends on a series of unlikely connections. Yet in some ways it’s based on a true story. Playwright Jason Odell Williams says he didn’t come from much of a churchgoing family, but when he met his part-Israeli wife he was thrust into an unfamiliar world of elaborate Jewish rituals and celebrations. In Handle With Care, the leading couple literally don’t speak the same language: Terrence is a Virginia-bred delivery driver and Ayelet is an Israeli woman who’s in the U.S. for the first time only because Terrence has lost her grandmother’s casket on the way back to her homeland.
In this production—debuting Off Broadway after a successful regional run—Williams’ wife, Charlotte Cohn, steps into the leading-lady role he wrote for her. As Terrence, Sheffield Chastain has drawn praise from the New York Times for bringing “a perfect lower-middle-class Southern accent” to the “hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy.” But top billing goes to the dead woman: Broadway royalty Carol Lawrence of West Side Story fame plays the grandmother, appearing in flashback to dispense lessons on family and fate. “There’s really no difference between the Italian grandmother I do in life and the Jewish grandmother I do in the play,” Lawrence told Playbill. “The kind of deliberate ‘I will help you be happy’—’I will feed you’—’I will cajole you’—’I will hold you’—it’s all exactly the same.”