Jewish plays

Shoah Memories At The Deli Counter

Special To The Jewish Week

More than half a century after the end of the Third Reich, the Shoah still reverberates in the lives of the survivors’ grandchildren. In Dana Boll’s new play, “Bella’s Dream,” based on the refugee experiences of her paternal grandparents, memories of the Holocaust keep seeping and bleeding into the present.

Dana Boll’s “Bella’s Dream” deals with grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Simon Wiesenthal, The Play

Special To The Jewish Week

If anyone had the whiff of heroism about him, it was Simon Wiesenthal, the Austrian Jewish Holocaust survivor who became the world’s most famous Nazi hunter.

Tom Dugan portrays Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal in one-man show at 92nd Street Y.

A Stage For Jewish Renewal

Theater as a bridge between young artists and the wider communal world.
Special To The Jewish Week

David Winitsky is a theater artist with a mission. In an era in which most of the Jewish repertory companies in New York have folded for lack of support, he views theater written by and for Jews as still essential to the revitalization of the Jewish community.

Jewish Plays Project’s David Winitsky, top, and “Six” playwright Zohar Tirosh-Polk.

Sole Man

Danny Aiello bridges 9/11 and the Holocaust in ‘The Shoemaker.’
Special To The Jewish Week

Whether it is the piles of shoes left behind by Holocaust victims or the countless footwear-inspired idioms — filling someone’s shoes, walking a mile in someone’s shoes, putting the shoe on the other foot — the shoe is arguably our most evocative and symbolic item of clothing.

Danny Aiello, an Italian-Jewish Holocaust survivor, and Alma Cuervo in scene from “The Shoemaker.” Photos by Ben Hider

Gay And Orthodox, According To Jon Marans

Special To The Jewish Week

Can homosexuality and Orthodox Judaism mix? In Jon Marans’ new Off-Broadway play, “A Strange and Separate People,” Jay (Jonathan Hammond) and Phyllis (Tricia Paoluccio), a Modern Orthodox couple on the Upper West Side, have their lives — and marriage — upended by a newly observant gay Jewish doctor, Stuart (Noah Weisberg). The play, which premiered in 2005 at a theater in upstate Stony Point, is running at Theatre Row – Studio Theater in Midtown. (410 W. 42nd St. For tickets, $18, call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.)

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Jon Marans (right) stages a new play about a Modern Orthodox Jewish couple.

Broadway’s Very Jewish Year

From Shylock to Sondheim, a rich year on the boards.
Special To The Jewish Week

In a year of great theater, both on and off Broadway, many of the most memorable performances were turned in by actors in Jewish plays. Herewith, in no particular order, are the Jewish Week’s top five Jewish plays of 2010, three of which are still running into 2011. 

‘The Merchant of Venice’

Al Pacino has three weeks left in his role as the Jewish moneylender Shylock in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."
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