Well Versed Blog

Posted: Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:54 | Posted by: Liz Denlinger | Well Versed
Wallstrasse 16, 1908. Courtesy Historisches Archiv der BVG, Berlin

“Stolen Heart,” a small powerful exhibition at Leo Baeck Institute, shows how Jewish building owners in the center of Berlin were robbed during the time of Nazi rule.

Posted: Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:22 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
 “More than Enough: A Passover Story” by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Katie Kath. Courtesy of Dial Books

Anticipate the four questions and more, with these picture books for kids that use stories to share teachings and traditions, appreciation and celebration of the upcoming holidays

Posted: Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:41 | Posted by: Caroline Lagnado | Well Versed
Tamar Ettun and The Moving Company in Bryant Park. Caroline Lagnado

Last Friday afternoon, a group of eight neon yellow-clad dancers wound their way around half of Bryant Park as part of Tamar Ettun’s “Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly: Part YELLOW.”

Posted: Wed, 04/06/2016 - 15:12 | Posted by: Susan Reimer-Torn | Well Versed
Aaron Davidman in “Wrestling Jerusalem.” Courtesy 59E59 Theaters

“Wrestling Jerusalem” is a no-frills, virtuosic 90-minute solo performance during which its author, Aaron Davidman plays 17 different characters. His astonishing skill at metamorphosing into men, women, Israelis, Americans, Palestinians, settlers on the right, rabbis on the left, allows us to learn from each of the well-drawn personae. In the play’s preface he cites the words from “Ethics of the Fathers,” “Who is wise? He who learns from all people.” But sadly and somewhat ironically, none of these posturing, polemicizing characters, with the exception of the narrator, is at all likely to learn from another. 

Posted: Tue, 03/22/2016 - 13:35 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Erez Milatin and company in Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's “Stealing Time.” Travis Magee

“Stealing Time” is a brand-new ballet, with clocks in many scenes, sometimes ticking, numbers flashing, and occasionally dancers forming the circle of a clock’s face. With gorgeous music by Kurt Weill, artful dancing by members of the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and unexpected details, the ballet is a meditation on time’s mysteries. Sunday afternoon was the final performance of its premiere run, the perfect way to spend a first day of spring with puzzling hints of snow.

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