The Arts

A Hellish Pyramid Scheme

09/10/2013
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He may not have been the devil incarnate, but for those whose lives were ruined by Bernie Madoff, he might as well have been. Now the white-collar criminal mastermind gets his just desserts in Lee Blessing’s new black comedy, “A User’s Guide to Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff,” starring Edward James Hyland (“Boardwalk Empire”), which opened last weekend at Atlantic Stage in Chelsea.

Edward James Hyland, as Bernard Madoff, and David Deblinger in “A User’s Guide to Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff.”

Novel Way To Tell A Survivor’s Story

Korean-American teen writes and draws graphic novel about the Shoah.

09/10/2013
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Washington — Christopher Huh knew about the Holocaust when his seventh-grade English teacher began a two-week unit about the subject last year. But not much.

Christopher Huh’s graphic novel about the Holocaust includes such topics as Jewish life in pre-war Europe.

In Search Of The ‘Still Small Voice’

Several new prayer books and a book about prayer aim to deepen the experience.

09/03/2013
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Is prayer a recitation of wish lists? Or regrets? A cry for help? What about gratitude? How does one achieve transcendence? Feel God’s presence? What about doubt? Can you pray if you don’t believe? How does prayer affect the supplicant?

Michael Haruni’s “Nehalel beShabbat."

The Golem Comes To Cuba

09/03/2013
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It may have been cut from “Fiddler on the Roof,” but the song “When Messiah Comes,” a rueful ballad about the dashing of hopes, continues to resonate for theater director Michel Hausmann. Growing up in the Jewish community of Caracas, Venezuela, in the 1990s, Hausmann saw how the much-anticipated presidency of Hugo Chavez turned viciously against the Jewish state, as well as against the Jews of his own nation — leading the bulk of the Jewish population to depart for South Florida and Israel.

“When Messiah Comes,” at La MaMa, grows out of the playwright’s experiences with anti-Semitism in Venezuela. Carol Rosegg

A Family Of ‘Mayflower Wannabes’

In ‘Kinderhood Revisited,’ Elaine Reichek explores American Jewish assimilation.

09/03/2013
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When Susan Goodman, a Jewish Museum curator, paid a visit to Elaine Reichek’s studio in 1992 and asked, “Done anything Jewish?” Reichek filed the question away.

A sampler of the past: Sayings of Elaine Reichek’s family illustrate her exhibit at The Jewish Museum.

The Boy King Before The War

Family musical brings new attention to Holocaust hero Janusz Korczak’s literary legacy.

08/27/2013
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It is difficult to view anything inspired by the work of Janusz Korczak, the Polish-Jewish physician/author/educator/orphanage proprietor, without interpreting it through the lens of his tragic death.

King Timmy (Cormac Cullinane) and his “cabinet” figure out how to deal with a problem. Carol Rosegg

‘Afternoon Delight’ For Days Of Awe

Jewish screenwriter Jill Soloway grapples successfully with transgression, forgiveness and feminism.

08/27/2013
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It wasn’t planned that way, but “Afternoon Delight,” the first feature film directed and written by author and television veteran Jill Soloway, is opening at a perfect time in the Jewish year. A mordantly funny and deeply felt film about transgression and forgiveness, it is just the thing for the end of Elul and the coming of the Days of Awe.

Jill Soloway

An Asian ‘Awake And Sing’

08/27/2013
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Asian Americans are often referred to as the “new Jews,” due to their reputation for studiousness, drive for success and, consequently, their remarkable rise in society over just the last few decades.

An all-Asian cast portrays a Jewish family in “Awake and Sing!” at Walker Space.

An Earthbound ‘Soul Doctor’

Show on the life of Shlomo Carlebach aims for spiritual uplift but doesn’t soar.

08/20/2013
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A 2008 Israeli documentary about Shlomo Carlebach, “You Never Know,” features followers of the late rabbi visiting his grave in Jerusalem, recounting stories of meeting him, and talking about the immense impact that he had on their lives.

Higher ground: Carlebach leading his cast of “holy beggars.” Carol Rosegg

Circles Of Life

Art at JCC in Manhattan goes ‘Conceptual’ with Sol LeWitt work.

08/20/2013
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On your next Upper West Side jaunt, a tall, narrow wall inside the JCC in Manhattan will pop out at you; its simple design, a series of six concentric circles painted in alternating shades of bright yellow, red and blue, will call out to you from Amsterdam Avenue on even the grayest and gloomiest of days.

So LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #599,” on view at the JCC in Manhattan. Photo courtesy JCC in Manhattan
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