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Judy Gold’s mother is overbearing, anxious, loud, and irrational. And, to her great dismay, Judy is becoming more like her every day. Her one-woman show, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, confirms all of the favorite stereotypes about the kvetching, guilt-tripping, rugelach-making matron of so many Jewish families with a blend of standup shtick and heartfelt storytelling. Her act is based on her own kosher childhood in New Jersey (where her mother dispatched a search party of cops when she was 45 minutes late getting home) and on interviews with Jewish mothers across the country, who addressed topics ranging from the Holocaust to how furious they would be if one of their boys married a shiksa. Though there are many laughs at her mother’s expense—including a hilarious, panicky voice mail that goes, “Judith, are you all right? What happened? Did you fall down? Where are you? I’m a wreck!”—it’s easy to see that Gold’s mom raised her well. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW; see City List for a complete schedule. $15-$50. (800) 494-8497.