THIS ISN'T HELPING Solo Storytelling Show
This solo storytelling show with a side of songs is a true, comedic account of her struggle against burn-out and the fascinating characters who thought they could help: The highly opinionated life coach, the evangelizing corporate trainer, the New Age healer who was either the most relaxed person you could ever meet or completely high. If you have ever found yourself so emotionally exhausted you could not do the thing you love the most, if you wonder whether what we do to make the world better really matters, this show just might help. This Isn't Helping was selected for the 2017 Speak Up! Rise Up! Storytelling Festival and performed at the Off-Broadway Connelly Theater in NYC, The Performing Arts Studio in Port Jefferson, NY and The Tank in NYC.
AUDIENCE REVIEWS: "I loved this show! Jude is alternately funny, snarky, serious and very honest. She is full of heart and I want to listen to her every word." Robin Bady, Producer "No, We Won't Shut Up" 2012 J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award
"You know a piece of work is powerful when it evokes laughter, tears and engagement." Karen Solomon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
"Funny, insightful, and lovely! Singing that is like good wine and an evening of laughter!" Genie Wing, CET, BCD
"Jude Treder-Wolff is a fantastic storyteller. Don't miss this show!" Bob Brader, award-winning actor, writer, monologist, www.bobbrader.com
"Funny, thoughtful, and poignant!" John Martin, Public Health Educator
"When Jude Treder-Wolff brings her impishness, kindness and total commitment to her performance - like when she sings out the big note or pauses to enjoy the laughs, it helps me get oxygen. I always feel like I've had a transfusion after her shows." Mary Mendes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
AUDIENCE REVIEWS OF CRAZYTOWN: my first psychopath
"Jude delivered a wonderful performance Saturday night. Her beautifully written, musical "parable" is a poignant and comedic story of a time when perception and reality suddenly did not agree. "Crazytown" cleverly invites us to see the challenge and value to be found in discovering one's own voice amid the cacophony others' realities. So engaging, so many laughs and so beautifully done. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!" Stephanie Gholson, actress/singer/activist
"Jude Treder Wolff has turned her experience as a beginning idealistic social worker into a terrifically entertaining one woman-show. She skillfully connects with the audience as she tells her story with original and humorous songs and prose. A multifaceted talent at bargain rate prices!!!" Judy Pullman, LCSW
"AWESOME* insightful, inspiring show! Worthy of seeing twice!" AnnMarie W., health care worker
"I saw CrazyTown on May 12th and LOVED it! Jude is so talented, smart and funny. It was touching and insightful.. Run, don't walk, to CrazyTown!" Marian Rich, improviser/actress
"Crazytown is crazy good. Jude Treder-Wolff's show is brilliant, poignant, and thought-provoking that somehow intertwines hilarious insights. Side splitting funny, not to mention her wonderful voice and the brilliant original music." Debbie Zelizer, PhD
"My husband, grandson & myself were in NYC on May 12th & saw Crazytown. It was easy to relate to Jude's story. I quickly went from listening which extended to laughter & eventually to tears. It is an experience that touched my soul." Sue T., RN
"So real. So honest. Better than most things Off-Broadway!" Gale Citron, MA
"I loved this show. It made me feel appreciated for what I do for a living. Illustrated with warmth and humor the conundrums 'helpers' come up against and that we are human beings too." Annemarie Corangelo, LCSW
"Fascinating tale of her own transformation during a stressful time in her life. It is touching and humorous and musical. A great combination and totally unique." Jim Schechter, MA
"A hybrid of stand-up comedy routine and cabaret act, Crazytown tells the (allegedly) true story of how Treder-Wolff achieved her own psychological breakthrough as a result of working with wackos...Between her patients’ delusions and her own, Treder-Wolff has a lot of voices to blend together in Crazytown. She does so with good humor and a minimum of fuss. It’s a pleasure to spend time with a talented actress and singer who has seen some scary stuff, yet emerged with her sense of humor intact and ready to sing." Regina Robbins, Theatre Is Easy
"Clever and heartfelt, Crazytown provides instant relief from the blues." Karen D'Onofrio, Electronic Link Off-Broadway
"The entire production consists of witty, entertaining anecdotes of Jude’s experiences working as a creative arts psychotherapist. The stories and character impersonations were at times very hilarious....Jude makes you realize the hilarious, troubling, definitely strange people and situations you encounter on a daily basis …are in fact normal for your profession.
Again, Jude Treder-Wolff is a great storyteller, really funny impersonator and she may have also been a fantastic psychotherapist. What Jude is not!" www.Macduffnyc.com theater, fashion & the arts Macfuffnyc.com
More reviews of shows written & performed by Jude Treder-Wolff.
"The best variety hour on Long Island." John Martin
"Great stories! I wish I could make it every month!" Jenny Drescher, http://www.connectandimprov.com/
"Drawing on her background as both a stand-up comic and therapist, Treder-Wolff succeeds in helping us laugh and think at the same time."
Peter Haas, Cabaret Scenes.
"Self-medicate with Jude Treder-Wolff Expect the unexpected! And without the hourly rates."
Wayman Wong, New York Daily News
"Jude Treder-Wolff combines standup comedy with psychological therapy and songs...aptly demonstrating that despite the many differences among people, we all connect on certain levels. A touch of therapy with a lot of laughs and music seems exactly what the world needs now. "
- Elizabeth Ahlfors, Cabaret Scenes
"Self-medicate with the Jude Treder-Wolff Thursday Nite Psychotherapy Group. Expect the unexpected. Host (and psychotherapist) Jude Treder-Wolff updates the variety show weekly with guest vocalists and comedians spouting off their opinions - without the hourly rate."
-New York Daily News
Thursday Nite Psycho Therapy Group hosted by real life therapist/performer Jude Treder-Wolff is a topical, issue driven, live, weekly variety show that features special guest vocalists and comedians with a strong point of view about todays biggest issues. Jude mixes music and monologues as the charming emcee in this non-stop hour of fun. Directed by Bistro Award winner, Erv Raible.
- Stu Hamstra, www.cabarethotlineonline.com
"On Saturday October 16th, I was downtown, first to catch Jude Treder-Wolff's "ENCHANTMENT'S ... The Planet In The Window" show at UPSTAIRS AT ROSE'S TURN (55 Grove Street, NYC - 1-212-366-5438 - http://www.rosesturn.com/ ) at 7:00 pm. Ms. Treder-Wolff has an amazing array of talents, which she alternates in this performance. She is a great "stand-up" style comic, with a number of "one-liners" that often stunned the room as the audience digested the witty and often pithy comments. She is also an excellent vocalist, and especially on the ballads, gave us treat after treat. She is also a creative arts psychotherapist, and brings to the show special insights and observations. Plus, one can see she gets special joy when she dons a nuns cap and changes into Sister Jude of the Impossible Situations. The show turns out to be a sort of one-woman variety show! Ian Herman was musical director for this performance (Wells Hanley will be at the piano for the rest of the show). Direction is by Erv Raible."
-Stu Hamstra, www.cabarethotlineonline.com
"In its beginnings, in Europe, cabaret carried social commentary on the times. Now Jude Trevor-Wolff has revived the tradition with her new show, Enchantments
The Planet in the Window, at The Duplex. Mixing music and monologue, and cavorting occasionally in costume, she has created an original show that flows with comedy yet carries an undercurrent of serious concern. The show includes a generous helping of songs, ranging from almost-anthems--for example, Rodgers & Hammerstein's You've Got to Be TaughtFrom a Distance, and Joe Darion/Mitch Leigh's Impossible Dream--to high humor, including John Wallowitch's Cosmetic Surgery, William Spiven's Operator, Get Me Jesus on the Line, and the Tom Lehrer chestnut, We'll All Go Together When We Go. Drawing on her background as both a stand-up comic and therapist, and aided by Wells Hanley as music director and Erv Raible as director, Tredor-Wolff succeeds in helping us laugh and think at the same time."
- Peter Haas, Cabaret Scenes
" ...a slick and inspired comical touch. With a comic delivery that is less biting than empathetic, and a vocal delivery that is smooth rather than textured, Treder-Wolff's song selections dovetailed neatly with her observations. "
- Elizabeth Ahlfors, Cabaret Scenes
"Immensely entertaining, moving effortlessly from song to stand-up insightful and funny, keeps her audiences laughing and identifying."
- Jan Wallman, Applause, Applause
"Pure musical entertainment complimented by comedy and her delightful perspective on how the world works."
- Laurie Lawson, Electronic Link
"Combines standards with stand-up!"
- Time-Out New York
"Funniest Person From the Suburbs"
- Stand-Up New York
"Jude Treder-Wolff brings considerable comedy experience to cabaret..her show is well-written and funny! No frills delivery!!"
- John Hogland, BackStage
"Impressive! Hilarious! A therapist, Treder-Wolff used her vocation....to inspired comic effect. She won us over in the first two numbers....with the quickly accumulated good will of her warmly amusing personality, not to mention the smarly organized structure of her act...deftly directed by Erv Raible. Its a solid blueprint for a winning nightclub act!
- Barbara & Scott Siegel/Two of Clubs/ www.cabarethotlineonline.com