The Theater As ‘Alternative Synagogue’

The country’s stage is increasingly a ‘meeting place’ where Israelis grapple with issues of identity.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/28/2012 - 20:00

When Yigal Even-Or’s incendiary play, “Fleischer,” opened in Israel in 1993, it was one of the first times that the Israeli stage had confronted the gap between the religious and secular in Israel. The play, which is about a married non-Orthodox couple whose butcher shop is boycotted by ultra-Orthodox Jews, became a flashpoint of controversy, prompting secular Jews in the audience to vent their hatred against what they viewed as ultra-Orthodox domination of the Israeli government and society.

Amnon Levi and Rami Danon’s “Sheindele,” about rival chasidic sects, performed by the Cameri Theater. Israel Haramati
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