Aisle View: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

April 15, 2015 1:01 AM

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If you can predict that "blue-ish"--in the new musical, It Shoulda Been You--rhymes with something like "it's true-ish when you're Jewish," then you're two (or five) steps ahead of the authors. If it's Jewish jokes you want, there's a truckload of them onstage at the Atkinson. If you don't want Jewish jokes, there's a truckload of them at the Atkinson.

Viewing the 2011 tryout at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick (N.J.), I found the humor mirthlessly forced. ("It would have been a scream back in 1965," I wrote). 30 months later, I'm here to report that It Shoulda Been You is now considerably better than it was. This, thanks to a general ...

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