Polish Joke

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A comedy about ethnic identity and the eternal American search for "roots." Jasiu (thirtyish) is a Polish-American who has been taught not to value his own roots, so he decides to make his own roots, reinventing himself first as a sort of non-ethnic everyman, then as an "Irishman." Jasiu's adventures—alternately zany and heartbreaking—take him through a job interview with an Ur-Wasp; to an attempt to become a Catholic priest; to a flower shop where he can't get service because he is weirdly invisible; to a doomed...
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A comedy about ethnic identity and the eternal American search for "roots." Jasiu (thirtyish) is a Polish-American who has been taught not to value his own roots, so he decides to make his own roots, reinventing himself first as a sort of non-ethnic everyman, then as an "Irishman." Jasiu's adventures—alternately zany and heartbreaking—take him through a job interview with an Ur-Wasp; to an attempt to become a Catholic priest; to a flower shop where he can't get service because he is weirdly invisible; to a doomed love affair with a Jewish woman; to a wacky Irish travel agency where he has to prove that he is Irish before he can buy a ticket; and to a doctor more interested in ethnic pain than in healing. Jasiu is also bedeviled by a reappearing Polish relative and has to face off with the ghost of a dead Polish patriot. In the end, by trying to get away from his ethnic background, Jasiu finds out who he is and what it means to be "a Pole."
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Editorial Reviews

CurtainUp
...a funny yet thoughtful examination of the Polishness and Jewishness and Irishness that makes us at once alike and different.
NY Magazine
...furiously funny [and] endearingly foolish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822219569
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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