Theatre Review: Virgo, Hebrew Rising

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

You might recall the shows by local comic Jack Gallagher telling funny stories about his life, illustrated with cute family pictures. Now another local comic, Brian Diamond, is doing a similar autobiographical show. Initially, Diamond jokes about being a white Jewish kid in a black neighborhood. But his best material relates to the rare situation of having two deaf parents. Diamond shares just how different everyday life became.


Radio can’t do justice to Diamond’s physical humor. He talks rapidly while gesturing wildly with both hands, frantically doing sign language for his mom or dad. These scenes are the funniest part of the show.
In other sections, Diamond gets into more commonplace problems, like romance gone wrong, or money troubles.


Diamond comes across a likeable guy, which is a plus. His two-hour routine is basically stand up comedy, rather than a play. But Diamond’s goal is to get people laughing – and he hits that goal again and again.