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Aging is Optional

1016goldabalconyAcclaimed Broadway, film and television star Tovah Feldshuh, who’s been nominated six times for the Tony and Emmy Awards, is making her Orange County debut with her new one-woman show, “Aging is Optional” (‘Cause G-d I hope It Is!). Join the Merage Jewish Community Center (JCC) for a night of hilarity, as this award-winning actress shares her observations, trepidations and innovations on staying timeless amidst the march of time. Tapping into music from Rodgers & Hammerstein, and bringing the wit and wisdom of beloved characters, “Aging is Optional” provides Restylane for the soul, a booster for the heart, and is a symbol for laughter…and exercise.

Catapulted to stardom with her portrayal of Golda Meir, in “Golda’s Balcony.” Tovah’s work was called “an inspired performance” by United Press International (UPI). The New York Times said, “She does more than just resurrect Meir: she embodies an entire country.”

In October 2004, “Golda’s Balcony” became the longest-running one-woman show in the history of Broadway, a record it still holds today.

In addition to Broadway, Tovah is no novice to television. Tovah recently starred in the zombie hit “The Walking Dead,” where her character, Deanna Monroe died in the season finale’s zombie apocalypse. She can also be seen as a quintessential “Jewish mother” in the Golden Globe-winning hit, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on the CW, where she can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: “Where’s the Bathroom?”

Tovah Feldshuh headlines the sixth annual OC Jewish Arts Festival 2016. Featuring 10 amazing events celebrating the many facets of Jewish culture through theatre, film, books and comedy. Tickets available at

The following is Tovah Feldshuh as the overbearing Jewish mother in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”. The music is a homage to Jewish Klezmer music, similar to Fiddler on the Roof:

You call that a bathroom?

That’s what passes for a bathroom?

There were no bowls of rocks

Or any decorative soaps

You don’t even have a bathmat

Who doesn’t have a bathmat?

If you need a bathmat I can – oh, did you hear?

A bishop in Wisconsin said something anti-Semitic

So the temple has decided to boycott cheddar cheese

Everyone asks how you’re doing

“How is widdle Becky? Is she still a bigshot lawyer?”

And to that I just say “Please!”

You won’t get a husband this way

At least you have your career

Oh wait, you threw out your career

To chase this California dream

I wasted all that dough on Harvard and Yale

For you to be living in a dump

In Nowhere, USA

I need to use the bathroom



“Aging is Optional”

October 30, 4:00 p.m.

Merage JCC

OC Jewish Arts Festival 2016

October 30-November 19 

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