Sign Of The Times

09/24/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Communication between parents and children is often fraught with misunderstanding. But few children are frustrated even by the simple mechanics of relating to their parents. Gloria Rosen’s one-woman show, “Listen … Can You Hear Me Now?,” is the autobiographical tale of a hearing child with two deaf parents. When it ran on the West Coast, the Santa Monica Mirror hailed the show as “amazingly funny,” adding that “audience members, regardless of their backgrounds, identified with it.”

Gloria Rosen’s one-woman show “Listen … Can You Hear Me Now” depicts life as the hearing child of deaf parents.

Who Will Live…

An agonizing decision about whether to give birth is at heart of Alice Eve Cohen’s new one-woman show.
09/18/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Pregnancy is almost always both physically and emotionally discombobulating. But nothing could have turned Alice Eve Cohen’s world upside down more than learning, at the age of 44, a decade after she had been told that she was infertile, that she was carrying a 6-month-old fetus. Cohen’s new one-woman show, “What I Thought I Knew,” recounts her agonized struggle, during the period between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur in 1999, to decide whether or not to give birth. The show is being performed as part of the All For One Theater Festival in the West Village.

In the play, Cohen says, the Jewish holidays “are crucial touchstones.” Katherine Mendeloff

Have I Got A Job For You?

What happens when an aspiring musical theater performer takes over an escort service.
09/10/2012 - 20:00
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It may be the world’s oldest profession, but it was the last place that a nice Jewish boy from Dix Hills, L.I., expected to land a job after college. In Josh Mesnik’s autobiographical new comedy, “Have I Got a Girl For You,” directed by Sara Sahin, the playwright stars as the manager of one of the largest escort agencies on the East Coast, a job that taught him the ins and outs of the business of prostitution.

Playwright Josh Mesnik portrays himself in autobiographical “Have I Got a Girl For You.”

Reb Nachman And ‘Mad’ Dance

A multicultural take on ‘The Seven Beggars.’
09/04/2012 - 20:00
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Yehuda Hyman in his one-man show, “The Mad 7.” Frank Wojciechowski

Israeli Men Do ‘Romeo And Juliet’

08/13/2012 - 20:00
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Talk about men needing to get in touch with their feminine side. Ido Bornstein’s new comedy, “Dogs,” starting this week at the Fringe Festival, centers on a group of Israeli men, both Jewish and Arab, who stage a musical version of “Romeo and Juliet” that not only helps them to explore their emotions, but leads to one of them getting pregnant! The play, which has enjoyed a successful run in Israel, is newly translated into English; it runs at the New Ohio Theatre in the West Village.

A scene from Ido Bornstein’s “Dogs.”

Politics And Power At Fringe Festival

Three new, and wildly different, offerings with a thematic connection.
08/06/2012 - 20:00
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If you’ve ever worn tzitzit, you know that if you stand still, the fringes stay more or less flat against your body, but as soon as you start to move, they splay out in all directions. The same might be said of the dozens of plays at this year’s Fringe Festival, which are as multifarious, unpredictable and uninhibited as ever.

Robert McKay with Big Bird puppet in scene from “Right on Target.”

The Return Of Yiddish Vaudeville

08/01/2012 - 20:00
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Beginning in the fifteenth century in a valley in Normandy called the Vau de Vire, from which its name derives, vaudeville became one of the most popular forms of entertainment both in Western Europe and America. Jewish immigrants who flooded into New York from Eastern Europe encountered vaudeville and made it their own.

Shane Baker in "The Big Bupkis."

Harvey Milk, The Musical

07/23/2012 - 20:00
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He was a martyr to the cause of gay rights. When Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay public official, was gunned down by a fellow city supervisor in 1978, the nation was forced to confront its own discrimination against homosexuals. Now comes a new musical, “A Letter to Harvey Milk,” based on Lesléa Newman’s 1988 short story of the same name, about the friendship between a Holocaust survivor and his young lesbian writing teacher.

Michael Bartoli as Harvey Milk in “A Letter to Harvey Milk.” Peter James Zielinski

Being Richard Pryor’s Daughter

07/16/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Children of celebrities find it notoriously difficult to forge their own paths. Rain Pryor, daughter of the peerless comedian, Richard Pryor, is still working out her relationship to a largely absent father who alternately adulated and abused her. In “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” which opens on Saturday at the Actors’ Temple Theatre, Pryor explores her dual identity as the daughter of a Jewish hippie and her larger-than-life African American father.

Rain Pryor: “Not black enough to be black or white enough to be white.”

‘Bashert,’ Ari Gold Style

The gay pop star and provocateur reclaims the Jewish concept in a new show.
07/11/2012 - 20:00
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Forty days before a male child is conceived, according to the Babylonian Talmud, a voice from heaven proclaims the name of the female with whose soul this boy’s soul will eventually unite. This is the concept of bashert, the idea that each of us is foreordained to find a particular mate. In Sir Ari Gold’s one-person show, “Ari Gold’s Bashert,” the word is used to sum up the gay pop star’s attitude toward his career, in which he unabashedly celebrates both his Jewish and homosexual identities.

Sir Ari Gold.
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