The Arts

How Boris Aronson’s Designs Came To Life

New show highlights avant-garde work of influential ‘Fiddler’ set designer.

11/30/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

After a preliminary meeting with director-choreographer Jerome Robbins to discuss his concept for the original 1964 production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the set designer Boris Aronson felt that he had a good idea of how the production should look. The color, he knew, should be based on the palette of Marc Chagall’s paintings. And the set, as a whole, should also reflect Chagall’s sentimental outlook, he wrote in his notes: “simple-naïve-buoyant-primitive-childlike-charming-delightful to look at.”

A photograph of Aronson’s depiction of Hell in Abraham Goldfaden’s “The Tenth Commandment.” Courtesy of Marc Aronson

‘Fiddler’ In The Age Of Pew And Syria

‘Tradition,’ immigration take on new relevance in fifth Broadway revival.

11/24/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There may be no more rousing and infectious song than “Tradition,” the opening number in “Fiddler on the  Roof,” the iconic musical about one man’s quixotic, ultimately doomed battle to keep the winds of political and social change from blowing away his beloved shtetl.

Hofesh Shechter, left, rehearsing with cast members at the New 42nd Street Studios.  Lindsay Hoffman/Jeffrey Richards Associates

The Real-Life Jewish Debauchery Behind ‘The Night Before’ Christmas Movie

11/19/2015 - 19:00

Director and writer Jonathan Levine (“The Wackness,” “50/50”) may have grown up in Jew-centric Manhattan, yet he recalls feeling somewhat like an alien every Christmas.

From left, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in Jonathan Levine’s “The Night Before.” Columbia Pictures

‘Interrogating Tradition’

‘Unorthodox’ show addresses orthodoxies such as politics, history, and identity, with artists from outside the canon.

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A new exhibit at The Jewish Museum brings together art that in the words of an exhibition handout, “does not fit the framework of the established art world,” and is “relentless in its experimentation, risk taking, annoyance, irritation, and even failure.”

Gülsün Karamustafa’s “First of May (Woman Constantly Sewing Red Flags with Her Sewing Machine),” from 1977. artist and Rampa Gal

Killers Of Jews Or Saviors of Jews?

New study by YU history professor sheds fresh light on Poland’s wartime anti-Nazi Resistance movement.

11/02/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

A third-generation American Jew who grew up in California, Joshua Zimmerman was raised with an atypical perspective about Poland. Most Jews in this country whose parents or grandparents immigrated from Poland as survivors or refugees of the Holocaust heard mostly horror stories about anti-Semitic Poles.

YU professor Joshua Zimmerman’s book on Poland’s underground fighters during World War II. Steve Lipman/JW

New Context Shapes Miller’s Shoah Play

Director hoping to banish earlier view of ‘Incident at Vichy.’

11/02/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Deeply flawed human beings making profound moral choices populate almost all of Arthur Miller’s plays. But the Jewish dramatist rarely dealt as explicitly with the world’s collective responsibility for the Jews of Europe as in his 1964 one-act play, “Incident at Vichy”; it centers on a group of nine men and a boy who have been rounded up by German military and French police in Vichy France, and who wait to be “inspected” to see if they are Jewish under the laws of the Nazi “puppet” regime.

Darren Pettie as LeDuc and Richard Thomas as Von Berg in Signature Theatre’s production of “Incident at Vichy.” Joan Marcus

NY Artist Archie Rand Takes On Torah’s 613 Commandments

11/02/2015 - 19:00

A new book by a trailblazing artist raises an old question: Is there such a thing as truly Jewish art? And its corollary: If so, would anyone buy it?

Archie Rand, an artist who has a book coming out with a painting for each of the 613 Jewish commandments. JTA

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: The CW’s Newest Jewish Comedy

Reminiscent of 'Seinfeld' and 'Broad City,' this musical dramedy doesn't shy away from its protagonist's MOT status.

10/28/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Vice calls CW's new show “The best TV show you’re not watching" because it "combines the ribald humor and ... of Broad City with Seinfeld's obsession with social minutiae while jacking up the pacing to 30 Rock–levels of freneticism.”

Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a successful New York lawyer who moves to California to try to reunite with her ex-boyfriend. CW

Punch And Counterpunch

At this year’s Other Israel Film Festival, Zionism and coexistence collide in the spotlight.

10/26/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This has been an autumn in which all the news from the Middle East suggests that the entire population of the region has gone quite mad. Whether it has been Jews burning babies, 12-year-old Palestinians stabbing Israeli kids of the same age, or the prime minister shifting the blame for the Shoah away from Hitler, the past several months have been a nightmare for anyone who cares about Israelis or Palestinians.

“Censored Voices,” based on Amos Oz’s interviews with soldiers after the Six-Day War. Courtesy Music Box Films

‘Train’ Follows Its Own Track

Teens take center stage in this riveting Holocaust novel by Danny M. Cohen.

10/25/2015 - 20:00

Courtesy of Danny M. Cohen
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