In May 2010, the Shea's Smith Theatre (658 Main St.) became a nightly laugh factory during the run of Steve Solomon's one-man show, for which the very title came complete with a punchline: "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, and I'm in Therapy."

Because the show did so well for Shea's two years ago, the theater is bringing Solomon and his zany sense of humor back for a 12-day run of his new holiday show "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, and I'm Home for the Holidays." The show, according to a release, brings us into the hearth and home of Solomon's charming but dysfunctional family, whose members include any number of stuttering and bumbling cousins and uncles, his own therapist and "a myriad of astounding characters we know, love and tolerate from our own families." Solomon's previous show was a hit on its national tour after its successful two-year off-Broadway run closed in 2008.

The show opens with a preview Wednesday. It officially opens Thursday and runs through Nov. 18. Tickets are $40 for the preview and $45 for all other performances. For more information, visit or call 847-1410.

Colin Dabkowski