New York Theatre

Mary, Quite Contrary

03/15/2011

Jewish mothers are a staple of Jewish humor, but as freewheeling as Jewish mother jokes may get, they do not typically relate to Mary, mother of Jesus. Now comes Michele A. Miller’s slapstick comedy, “Mother of God!,” in which what Christians deem the “greatest story ever told” is reframed as the tale of a dysfunctional Jewish family in ancient Nazareth. The play opened last week at the Richmond Theater on East 26th Street.

Scene from Michele A. Miller’s slapstick comedy “Mother of God!”

Broadway’s Very Jewish Year

From Shylock to Sondheim, a rich year on the boards.

12/28/2010
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."

New Theater Troupe Dark On Sabbath

Company called 24/6, first of its kind here, to focus on Jewish-themed plays.

12/07/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

It may be largely a Jewish invention, but the theater in New York has never run on a Jewish schedule. Jewish theater artists have often had to choose between keeping the Sabbath and building a career on the stage, where weekend performances are not just the norm, but the box office bread and butter.

Now comes 24/6, the first theater company in New York that will not require its members to rehearse or perform on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.

The 24/6 team: Yoni Oppenheim, Jesse Freedman and Avi Soroka.
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