‘Making Trouble’ celebrates funny women

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
Keith D. Cohen

"Director Rachel Talbot and the Jewish Women’s Archive chose gems from among hundreds of hours of archival footage, conveying the scope of their subjects’ talents and achievements. Weaving a rich tapestry of film and television clips, the film moves from vaudeville, the Yiddish theater and the Ziegfield Follies to the Borscht Belt, Broadway and “Saturday Night Live.” There are interviews with Martin Short, Tovah Feldshuh, Fyvush Finkel, Los Angeles Times movie critic Kenneth Turan and many others. There are empowering, side-splitting laughs along the way. But Talbot also notes that these women’s success exacted a price. She shows their sacrifices as they dealt with anti-Semitism, gender stereotypes and cultural expectations."