Theatre Review: Monologuist Josh Kornbluth in "Love and Taxes"

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 28, 2005

Once upon a time, Josh Kornbluth worked for a guy who specialized in finding tax breaks for big corporations. It proved to be an amazing experience.

“Now if you’re like me, and you tried to read the U.S. tax code, you might find it, I would venture to say, somewhat dry. But to Bob, the tax code was anything but dry. ‘Cause what Bob would do is he’d find two code sections that were supposed to be right next to eachother. And Bob would take this tiny wedge, and he’d wiggle his wedge right into that crack. Push those code sections further and further apart. Until they were so far apart, you could push through billions of dollars of tax breaks. That’s why Bob got the big bucks.”

That’s just a taste of Kornbluth’s absorbing style of storytelling, and you should know that in addition to tax code, he gets into topics like love, fatherhood, Communism, raising money to make a movie, and oh yeah, the little known health hazards of playing the oboe. Kornbluth has the reputation of being one of the best monologue artists in the country – he’s got a big following in the Bay Area, and New York. But for the next few weeks, he’s working in Sacramento, and he’s particularly good in a small venue like the B Street Theater, where he’s close to the audience.  “Love and Taxes” is a very funny, beautifully written piece, and Kornbluth gives it a mesermizing performance. The show continues through June 5th. Jeff Hudson, KXJZ News.