Monday, May 27, 2013


Many parents, especially mothers and in particular Jewish mothers, are famous for holding the bragging rights on the accomplishments of their children.  Frequently it's a game of can-you-top-that. The ultimate prize is usually awarded to the mom who can brag with ten pounds of pride in her voice about "my son, the doctor" or "my son, the lawyer,"

For Brad Zimmerman's mother, her declaration of prominence for almost three full decades has been "my son the waiter."  Zimmerman who has long had aspirations as an actor/comedian has fashioned his mother's angst into a theater piece he longingly calls "My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy."  The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook will welcome this one man show on Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m.

Arriving in New York City as a fresh faced youth in 1978, he expected to pay his dues doing odd jobs until his dream of becoming an actor was realized.  He will be the first to admit that waiting 29 years was definitely more than the norm for him to experience and certainly much more for his mother to endure.

With a conversational style and laid-back perspective, much the same way he practiced his skills waitering, Zimmerman confesses he wasn't the most service oriented employee,  The restaurant was casual and low pressure and so was he.  He prided himself on knowing next to nothing about wine and for being virtually invisible in his job,  With honesty and a wry sense of self-deprecating humor, he reflects in his seventy minute show about the downs and little ups of his journey of plateaus.

For tickets ($25), call The Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook at 877-503-1286 or online at

Brad Zimmerman credits his mother for providing the impetus for his storehouse of comic material.  Hopefully now she is bragging to her Boca Raton, Florida neighbors about her son, the successful comic.

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