one-man show

Staging Imre Kertész’s Take On Kaddish

12/31/2013
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Of all Jewish prayers, perhaps the best known is the Kaddish, the memorial prayer for the dead. But for the celebrated Hungarian Jewish author, Imre Kertész, who survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Kaddish became a way of mourning the child he never had, the child whom he refused to bring into a post-Holocaust world. Now Kertész’s celebrated stream-of-consciousness novel, “Kaddish for an Unborn Child,” has been turned into a one-man play, “Kaddish.” Starring Jake Goodman, it runs this month at the 14th Street Y.

Jake Goodman stars in the one-man play “Kaddish.” Atilla Takacs

Anthony Weiner, The Play

‘The Weiner Monologues’ offers a running commentary on the nature of media and a world where nothing is private.

10/29/2013
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Oedipus. Macbeth. Anthony Weiner?

In “The Weiner Monologues,” which question the ever-changing meaning of the phrase “private life,” the fallen congressman emerges as something of a modern tragic hero.

The fallen congressman as tragic hero? The poster for “The Weiner Monologues.”

Burns, Baby, Burns

A double dose of the iconic straight man, in the same weekend.

10/25/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

With the decline of the comedy duo, the straight man no longer plays a prominent role in our culture. But in Rupert Holmes’ “Say Goodnight, Gracie,” the revival of the one-man show that opens Sunday afternoon starring Joel Rooks as funnyman George Burns, the king of straight men gets his due.

A cigar and a one-liner: Joel Rooks as George Burns in “Say Goodnight, Gracie.” Scott Myers
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