|photo taken of my TV,
as seen on @cherryandspoon Instagram
The story itself, regardless of format, is a compelling one. Avi's father immigrated with his family from Iran to Israel at the age of 13, or 15 (who's counting), where he immediately began working to help support the family. After the painful end of his first marriage, Avi's father met Avi's mother, a Jewish woman from Minnesota living in Israel. The couple eventually moved their family to Minnesota for the same reason most immigrants come here - to provide a better life for their family. Avi compares his father's life and travels to his own amusing adventures, living for a time in Israel and New Zealand, and like any son who reveres his father, he feels like he comes up short in comparison. But the ability to tell one's own story, and the story of others who are unable to tell it themselves, in an engaging and relatable way that engenders empathy and understanding from an audience, is also a very worthwhile skill and accomplishment.
If you missed Operation: Immigration at the Fringe last year, this is your second chance to see this hit show. And even if you did see the stage version, it's definitely worth revisiting this funny and moving story in a different but equally compelling format. The film is streaming at designated times; you can purchase a ticket for one of the five remaining times here.