“It’s Now or Never” is a humorous and poignant look at one man’s life in late middle age, the challenges of living outside the box of conventional 9 to 5 existence, and adventures in aging and dealing with times when one man planned, and God laughed.
Winnipeg’s Jewish Post called the show, “intriguing” and “masterfully told,” and it was chosen as “Best of Festival” at the Calgary Fringe, 2019.
During spring and summer 2019, I performed “It’s Now or Never” in the Boston area and at the Calgary and Edmonton Fringe Festivals. In 2018, I performed at the Piano Factory in Boston, and at the Regina and Winnipeg Fringe.
You can check out clips from the show below:
In summer 2017, I performed “One Man’s Journey through the Middle Ages” at the Indianapolis Fringe Festival in August, and the Elgin (IL) Fringe near Chicago in September. I got very positive responses from my audiences, and a good review from a local blogger, ending with, “You may think you could never relate to an aging, single, gay Jewish man, but this piece will make you feel like marrying one.” (Elgin Review)
Read the full review here: elgin review
In summer 2016, I did five shows at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis, and I got a great review from Lavender, the local gay paper.
Check it out here: Lavender Magazine
Over Labor Day weekend 2015, I performed at the Chicago Fringe Festival in Jefferson Park. In summer (2014), I performed “One Man’s Journey” at Cleveland’s Masonic Auditorium, sponsored by Gay Games 9! I also performed the show at Boston’s Hostel International.
In November 2014, I did the show for the “Prime Timers” group for older gay men in Boston.
I’m also did a show with Somerville writer/storyteller Randy Ross on Thursday November 13, 2014 at Somerville Library. Our show, “He Said/He Said” is a mostly humorous look at single life in middle age through the eyes of two men–one straight, one gay.
Over the past two years, I’ve performed “One Man’s Journey through the Middle Ages” at churches, synagogues, community centers, fringe festivals, and other venues. Regardless of setting and the make-up of the audience–straight or gay, black or white, Jewish or Christian–people tell me that they can “relate” to those times when ‘Man planned, and God laughed.’
I’ve gotten great feedback from both audience members and sponsors/hosts, as reflected in the comments below:
“Judah’s work allows diverse audience members to see their own stories. His skilled writing really goes deeply to the human experience. His poignant stories are portrayed with integrity and humor…As one of my students said, he had my attention for the entire show. This show is well worth the time to sit back and receive, to laugh, cry and learn.”
Priscilla H. Sanville Ph. D.
Director of the Arts, Community and Education Masters Degree, Lesley University
“Judah Leblang’s one man show ‘One Man’s Journey through the Middle Ages’ at Temple Beth Zion was a wonderful collection of stories from his life, filled with poignancy, humor and grace. Life moments that anyone can understand and relate to. Beautifully scripted and beautifully shared with his audience. I loved every minute of the show.”
Co-President, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, Mass
In 2013, I took the show, based on the book and some newer material, to the following sites:
Living Soulfully Toronto @ Canadian Lesbian/Gay Archives,Toronto, Canada Oct 2013
MuCCC Theater: Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY September 2013
Urban Orchid, Cleveland, Ohio August 2013
Buffalo Infringement Festival, Buffalo, NY July 2013
MuCCC Theater–guest artist–Rochester, NY July 2013
Arlington Street Church, Boston, MA April & September 2013
Congregation K’hal B’raira, Cambridge, MA September 2013
In 2014, I performed “One Man’s Journey” in Somerville, Mass, and at Gay Games 9 in Cleveland, Ohio.
In November 2011, I did the show at the Cambridge Center for Adult Ed in Harvard Square. The show was booked for one night only–Saturday November 19 at 7:30 PM. It sold out, and I did it again on February 27, 2012 7:30 PM at Arlington Street Church.
Here’s a series of video clips from my Cambridge show: Voices
another clip: What A Fellowship!
and one more: Remembering Jerry