Play for Today: Season 7, Episode 1

Bar Mitzvah Boy (7 Mar. 1977)

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On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, young Elliot finds that all the grown men in his life are somewhat wanting.

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Steyn ...
Eliot Green
Maria Charles ...
Rita Green
Bernard Spear ...
Victor Green
Adrienne Posta ...
Lesley Green
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Harold
Cyril Shaps ...
Grandad Wax
Jack Lynn ...
Rabbi Sherman
Pamela Manson ...
Sylvia
Sabina Michael ...
Salon Customer
Harry Landis ...
Solly
Harold Reese ...
Synagogue Warden
Robert Putt ...
Caretaker
Kim Clifford ...
Denise
Mark Herman ...
Squidge
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On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, young Elliot finds that all the grown men in his life are somewhat wanting.

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Cyril Shaps who played the maternal grandfather was only six years older than Maria Charles who played the mother. See more »

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funny whatever faith you are
3 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jack Rosenthal's work is accessible to all audiences, which is part of its charm, and even work with a heavily Jewish theme, like Bar Mitzvah Boy, can speak to anyone.

Young Eliot has reached thirteen and his family are rushing around arranging the most important day in his life - but does he have other plans? Mother, father, sister, sister's boyfriend, grandpa all have a part to play in Eliot's transition from boy to man - and with names like Maria Charles in the cast, you know this is going to be fun.

Perhaps Bar Mitzvah Boy does have an inflated reputation because it is one of the best known Play for Todays - however, I think it hasn't dated a bit and is still extremely entertaining. It has a lot to say about family, tradition, and adolescence much of which still applies today even outside of Jewish families.


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