Theater List
Wed, 09/15/2010

“This is What They Sang.” Gavin Kostick’s new Off-Broadway play, set on Yom Kippur, about five generations of a Jewish family in Belfast. Presented by Belfast’s Kabosh Theatre Company as part of an Irish theater festival. Runs from Sept. 19-29 at the Synagogue of the Arts, 49 White St. in Tribeca. For tickets, $30, call SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.

“A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx.” Gary Morgenstein’s new Off-Broadway play, directed by Carlo Fiorletta, about a dysfunctional blue-collar Jewish family that wants to move to the suburbs. Runs from Sept. 22-26 at the Producers Club, 258 W. 44th St. For tickets, $18, call TheatreMania at (212) 352-3101.

“Friends.” Peter L. Levy’s new Off-Broadway play, starring Harlan Tuckman and Judy Spiegel, about two elderly Jewish New Yorkers who strike up a relationship after they meet on a bench in Central Park. Previews Oct. 7 for an Oct. 12 opening at Theater 3, 311 W. 43rd St. For tickets, $40, call the box office at (212) 315-9703.

“Fyvush Finkel Live!” A retrospective of the star’s career on both the Yiddish and English stage. Features his sons Ian and Elliot Finkel, along with Merwyn Goldsmith and June Gable. Runs from Oct. 17 to Nov. 7 at the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. For tickets, $45-$55, call the box office at (646) 312-4085.

“The Born Guilty Cycle.” Revival of two connected plays by Ari Roth, the artistic director of Theater J in Washington, D. C., about the children of Nazis who have to deal with their parents’ terrible legacy. Based a 1988 book by Austrian Jewish journalist Peter Sichrovsky, the play will be staged on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. For tickets, $10, call the museum box office at (646) 437-4202.

“The Merchant of Venice.” The acclaimed Shakespeare in the Park production starring Al Pacino as Shylock comes to Broadway. Previews Oct. 19 and opens Nov. 7 at the Broadhurst Theater, 235 W. 44th St., for a 78-performance run through Jan. 9, 2011. For tickets, $66.40-$126.50, call Telecharge at (212) 230-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.

“New Worlds: A Celebration of I.L. Peretz.” Two short plays, based on stories by the Yiddish master, starring celebrated French musician and mime, Rafael Goldwaser. Runs from Nov. 11-21 at the Folksbiene Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. For tickets, $45-$55, call the box office at (646) 312-4085.

“Hannah and Martin.” Kate Fodor’s play about the unlikely relationship between Jewish intellectual Hannah Arendt and Nazi-supporting philosopher Martin Heidegger, which ran Off-Broadway in 2004, returns in a one-night only staged reading on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, with Melissa Friedman and David Strathairn in the cast. For tickets, $10, call the museum box office at (646) 437-4202.

“Circumcise Me.” The Off-Broadway hit, starring thrice-converted Yisrael Campbell, has an encore presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. For tickets, $36, call the museum box office at (646) 437-4202.

“The Future Mah Jongg Players of Majestic Isles.” Evening of comedy and stories about mah jongg and its enthusiasts, featuring comedians Cory Kahaney and Eddie Sarfaty. One night only, Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 66 Battery Place. For tickets, $15, call the museum box office at (646) 437-4202.