The Other Josh Cohen delivers laughs, lively music and more

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STATE — For everything you lose, you gain something else; and for one recently burglarized Josh Cohen, the unrelenting sense of honesty that compels him to give up a $56,000 check sent in a case of mistaken identity, looks like a disappointment until fortune smiles on him.

A string of disasters befalls the protagonist in a story narrated by his future self, and letting out his frustration before discovering his own responsibility for the circumstances leads to a happy ending.

Josh Cohen is a good guy who believes himself caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck that has left him lonely, broke, and woefully underemployed, then his apartment is robbed and he has only a Neil Diamond CD, a Darth Vader telephone and the empty cover of a lusty lawyers porn video.

The Other Josh Cohen at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Jerry Dalia; From left to right: Hannah Elless, Kate Wetherhead, Steve Rosen, Ken Triwush, and David Rossmer.

The Other Josh Cohen at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Jerry Dalia; From left to right: Hannah Elless, Kate Wetherhead, Steve Rosen, Ken Triwush, and David Rossmer.

Just as things seem like they could not get worse, they do as a letter arrives with a check intended for another Josh Cohen, whose address is off by one number and a different zip code.

Advised to keep the money by his family and friends, Josh’s conscience won’t allow that so he turns it over to the other Josh Cohen followed along with a series of messages, each daily note containing an example of how he could have used the cash better.

His unusual honesty and the subsequent display of candor — as well as the liberating discovery that his burglary was a result of his own action — leads him to discover true love and happiness as well as the freedom of knowing he commands his own destiny and is not a slave to fate.

Book, music, and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, musical staging by Andrew Palermo and directed by Ted Sperling, this is an original musical comedy that includes a delightfully talented cast.

Performances at the Paper Mill Playhouse run through Sunday, March 16, and readers looking for an entertaining evening with lots of laughs, lively music and an extremely versatile cast would be wise to take the opportunity to this enjoy uplifting musical.

 

 


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