Sam’s Romance

Love In Black And White (And Jewish)

‘Sam’s Romance’ explores the 1950s relationship between a middle-aged Jewish man and his young African-American employee.

06/14/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Loneliness, as an old Jewish proverb says, breaks the spirit. In Paul Manuel Kane’s new play, “Sam’s Romance,” set in Greenwich Village in the early 1950s, an awkward middle-aged Jewish housewares/hardware store owner, Sam (Ed Kershen) falls for his 20-year-old African-American female clerk, Natalie (Oni Brown). But Sam’s cousin Rose (LeeAnne Hutchison) — who is trapped in an unhappy marriage with a wounded vet, Joe (Todd Licea) has another agenda for her cousin — involving her brassy friend Luba (Neva Small).

Ed Kershen and Oni Brown in “Sam’s Romance.”
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