The Hilarious Comedy about Relationships, Love & Marriage!
By Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn
Starring Robin Abramson and Gregory Johnstone
Creative - Cast
ROBIN ABRAMSON (Annabelle Gurwitch)
Robin was last seen in Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre's production of "The School for Lies" by David Ives. Pittsburgh City Theatre credits include Jordan Harrison's Maple and Vine, Time Stands Still, Outlying Islands and her work in Mary's Wedding (Mary) and Blackbird earned her 2009 Pittsburgh Post Gazette's performer of the year. She also participated in Eugene Pack's comedy hit Celebrity Autobiography performed at City Theatre. Quantum Theatre: Electric Baby, Twelfth Night and When the Rain Stops Falling. Some of her favorites are Maura in Tammy Ryan's FBI Girl (Playhouse Rep) and Kathy in No Name Players' production of Orange Flower Water.
GREGORY JOHNSTONE (Jeff Kahn)
Gregory is quite pleased to be back at the Cabaret after playing Eddie Lawrence in Shear Madness. Previous credits include Man in Golden Dragon with Quantum Theatre, Skinny Luke in Mojo with The REP at Point Park, Rosenthal in Grey Zone with barebones productions, and William in the premiere of 13th of Paris at City Theatre. He studied with Terry Schreiber in New York City and currently resides in the Northside of Pittsburgh. Thanks and love to his parents and notable friends for their support and guidance.
Creative - Creators
ANNABELLE GURWITCH (Writer and Creator)
Actress, activist and New York Times Bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch’s most recent book I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT: compliments, indignities and survival stories from the edge of 50 (Penguin/Random House) was one of three finalists for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor Writing 2015. I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT was a Jewish Book Council Selection and named one of Kirkus Reviews’ 10 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh.
Annabelle gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting Dinner & a Movie on TBS and as a regular commentator on NPR. Her other books are You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up and Fired! which was also a Showtime Comedy Special. Annabelle’s essays and satire appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, More, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, The Los Angeles Times, and three humor anthologies.I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT is heading out on tour, follow Annabelle at @annabelgurwitch.
JEFF KAHN (Writer and Creator)
Jeff Kahn is a writer/performer who began his career on MTV's "The Ben Stiller Show." A few years later, he won an Emmy award for writing on FOX's "The Ben Stiller Show," it was a moment so unexpected and shocking that he literally cried. Jeff has written on several other shows including, "Later with Greg Kinnear" "Austin Stories" and "Dilbert." His essays can be read online at FreshYarn.com and in his wife's terrific and very funny book, Fired! He also has written and produced numerous television pilots, in particular, a spin-off of "All American Girl" starring Margaret Cho. He can be seen on HBO reruns of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Entourage" and "The Larry Sanders Show," and has been seen in films including , Tropic Thunder, 40-Year-Old Virgin, and The Cable Guy. Online, Jeff is featured on the show, "The Writer's Room." This is his first book and first marriage.
Jeff and Annabelle live in Los Angeles with their 12 year old son, Ezra, and their eighteen-year old cat, Stinky.
VAN KAPLAN (Director / Pittsburgh CLO Executive Producer)
Van joined Pittsburgh CLO in 1997. In addition to overseeing the organization's year-round producing and programming efforts, he has produced or co-produced the Broadway productions of Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, The Addams Family and the upcoming production of An American in Paris. He has also produced touring productions of Camelot, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Phantom, Singin' in the Rain, Chess, Grand Hotel, City of Angels, Evita, Brigadoon and Nunsense II. His directorial credits include Guys and Dolls with Victoria Clark, She Loves Me, West Side Story with Max Von Essen and Ali Ewoldt, Kopit & Yeston's Phantom, On the Town, Sweeney Todd with Candy Buckley, South Pacific with Cathy Rigby, Nunsense, Shear Madness, Ruthless, Guys and Dolls with Georgia Engel and the regional premiere of Andrew Bovell's Speaking in Tongues at Pittsburgh's Quantum Theater. Since 2009 he has directed The Jimmy™ Awards at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. He has also directed original shows for Caesars Entertainment at the Rio, Paris and Bally's Hotels in Las Vegas. He has consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts, is a former Theatre Panel chair for the Texas Commission on the Arts, and has served as adjunct professor for Carnegie Mellon's Masters of Arts Management Program. He is on the Board of The Broadway League, serves on the Investment Committee of the Independent Presenters Network (IPN) and is past president of The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). He is president of the National High School Musical Theater Awards - also known as The Jimmy™ Awards, the subject of a 3-part documentary series that aired nationally on PBS in September. He has been a Tony Awards® voter for more than 20 years.
MICHAEL GREER (Production Stage Manager)
Michael Greer is thrilled to join the You Say Tomato, I Say Shutup! Tour after understudying the role of Jeff Kahn in its most recent run at the CLO Cabaret. Michael was last seen in Phantom, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and 42nd Street with the Pittsburgh CLO. Favorite credits include Miss Saigon (Tour 2010), Jesus Christ Superstar with Kansas City Starlight and Beauty & the Beast (Gaston) with Pittsburgh Musical Theater.
ANDREW DAVID OSTROWSKI (Lighting Designer)
National credits include The National High School Musical Theater Awards in NYC, The Asolo, Virginia Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, George Street Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, New York Theater Institute, Merrimack Repertory Company, The Arden Theatre Company, The Blumenthal Center in Charlotte NC, Spoleto Festival USA, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Madison Opera, Pittsburgh CLO, Dallas Summer Musicals, Theater of the Stars at the fabulous Fox Theater as well as others. Andy was the lighting director for an International Tour of the Gershwin Opera Porgy and Bess from 1998-2003 that played in every western European country other than Portugal. Internationally his designs have appeared in France, Sweden, Scotland, and Ireland. In 2002, he was given a national merit award from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Andy resides in Pittsburgh and is an adjunct instructor for Point Park University as well as a freelance Lighting Designer for hire. He has designed over 150 productions in Pittsburgh for many of the companies there (www.tfpld.blogspot.com).
TONY FERRIERI (Scenic & Costume Designer)
Tony is a native of Pittsburgh whose career spans nearly 35 years and over 480 production designs. Awards include New Works Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, "Designer of the Year" by the Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Frankel Award," "Fred Kelly Award for Outstanding Achievement," "Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award. Tony has been featured in American Theatre, Live Design, and Stage Directions magazines. Recent designs include: Side by Side, A Grand Night for Singing and Girls Only (Civic Light Opera Cabaret - Pgh), Abigail/1702, Seminar and South Side Stories (City Theatre - Pgh), Mnemonic, John Gabriel Borkman, and Ainadamar (Quantum Theatre - Pgh), In the Heights and Into the Woods (Carrnivale Theatrics - Pgh). Other credits include designs for Milieu Theatrics NY, Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Emelin Theatre (NY), Northlight Theatre (Chicago), barebones productions, Madison Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks and 1812 Productions (Philadelphia), Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory, The Tuesday Musical Club, Theatre at Hartwood, Gargaro Productions, Physical Theatre Project, Spur of the Moment Theatre, Chatham College, University of Pittsburgh, Development Dimensions International, Saltworks and Unseam'd. Tony wishes to express his appreciation to all those who made this production possible.
PHILIP ROGER ROY (Producer)
Philip has produced more than 45 shows since 1972 including the successful 2010-13 national tour of RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women. Recent productions include My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy! (with Bud Martin & Dana Matthow, 2010-2013) in Baltimore, Phoenix, Toronto, Philadelphia, Florida, San Diego, Boston & Wilmington he produced A Jew Grows in Brooklyn and in NYC at The Lamb's Theater in the heart of Broadway! He was Associate Producer & General Manager in Philadelphia of Menopause The Musical, which played 3.5 years to more than 212,000 (mostly) menopausal women.His production of Let My People Come (lMPC) played over 2300 performances in Philadelphia from 1977 to 1987, & he produced LMPC in 20 cities in the USA & Canada, including 8 years in Toronto. His other productions include: Family Secrets, Grandma Sylvia's Funeral (co-produced in Phila. with Dana), Greater Tuna (Walnut St. theatre & the Delaware theatre Company), The World of Lenny Bruce, Confessions of an Irish Rebel, Judy! The New Judy Garland Musical, El Grande de Coca Cola, Pretzels (by Jane Curtin), Sholom Aleichem, Cloud 9, Groucho: A 1-Man Show With 2-Women, Bullshot Crummond & The Fantasticks (in which he also performed). As owner/founder of Philadelphia's legendary Grendel's lair Cabaret theater (for 15 years), Mr. Roy produced hundreds of concerts including the Police, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, & Charles Mingus. he co-produced The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? and Say Goodnight Gracie (2009) both in Philly.
DANA MATTHOW (Producer)
Dana is a long island native New Yorker whose theatrical career spans more than 35 years of producing, general management, theatre management, advertising and promotions. His latest credits include productions all over the US and Canada: Steve Solomon's trilogy of shows, My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!; Respect, A Musical Journey of Women and A Jew Grows In Brooklyn. Dana's Off- Broadway credits include, Todd Robin's Carnival Knowledge, a behind the scenes look at the astounding and disappearing world of the American sideshow; Magic Hands Freddy starring Michael Rispoli and Ralph Macchio; Underneath the Lintel; Maybe Baby It's You; Grandma Sylva's Funeral (a/k/a the longest running funeral in history; Hysterical Blindness starring Leslie Jordon and Sea Marks by Adventures in Paradise star Gardner McKay. He also produced the feature film Silent Prey and owned and operated the Soho Playhouse in New York City. He is the founder and was the original Publisher of City Guide Magazine, New York City's #1 Weekly Visitor and Entertainment Magazine.