West Hartford Native To Premiere New Play: ‘Merriam: A Matzoh-Ballin Good Time’

'Merriam: A Matzah Ballin' Good Time' was written by West Hartford resident Mac Cherny and will premiere March 25 at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater in Hartford. Courtesy photo

Mac Cherny of West Hartford, a 2012 graduate of Conard High School, will also star in his new ‘drag caberet’ which premieres March 25 at the Sea Comedy Theater in Hartford.

By Ronni Newton

Mac Cherny, who graduated from West Hartford’s Conard High School in 2012 and the University of Connecticut in 2016, already has a lengthy resume that includes many theater performances and a few film roles. With a B.A. in Theater Studies and a minor in Puppetry, Cherny also has a few puppetry performances under his belt.

Cherny now written a play, “Merriam: A Matzah Ballin’ Good Time,” that will premiere on March 25 at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater in Hartford.

Cherny not only wrote the show – described as a “drag cabaret” – but he will also perform the title role of Merriam, who recounts the previous year’s Passover Seder.

“As she does that, she goes into a monologue as well as a parody about each of her three grown children. She comes ready with her two back up dancers, the Fiddler Faygalas, a music director, and her husband Maury who is a one-man tech operation,” Cherny said.

The YouTube link above of “Proud Merri” (a “Proud Mary” parody) provides just a taste (pun intended) of the hilarity of the show.

“The show is a campy love note to Jewish culture in the style of John Leguizamo. It’s a night filled with laughs, disco parodies, a little kvetching and always, well … guilt,” said Cherny.

“Merriam: A Matzoh-Ballin’ Good Time” will be shown at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum St., Hartford, on March 25 at 9 p.m. and March 26 at 2 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

Director/Producer: Casey Grambo
Music Director: Kevin J. Scott
Playwright: Mac Cherny

Mac Cherny as Merriam Levkowitz
Eric Hartung and Ryan Kristopik as the Fiddler Faygalas
Dan Russell as Maury Levkowitz

About Mac Cherny

Most recently he has been seen in Hartford’s own Night Fall, in Elizabeth Park. Past acting/puppetry credits include: Rent (Ivoryton Playhouse), Gypsy starring Tony-award winner Karen Ziemba, Puppets Take the Pops (Boston Pops/University of Connecticut Puppet Arts Program), and Next to Normal (Little Theater of Manchester). He’s also a retired world renowned Bar/Bat Mitzvah dancer, WeHa Manny 911, and of course Ms. Cherny’s (Bugbee Elementary School) son (the struggle is real; Ms. Cherny = the Adele of fourth grade teachers).

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