The Arts

The Bard Of Brookline Has Her Moment

At 75, short story master Edith Pearlman is finally being recognized.
10/24/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Recognition was never something Edith Pearlman asked for, but she can no longer ignore it.  This month, the 75-year-old Jewish writer was named a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction for her latest collection of short stories, “Binocular Vision.” And while Pearlman isn’t exactly dodging the limelight, she’s not going out of her way to bask in it, either.

After years as a writer, Edith Pearlman this month she was named a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction.

Woody’s ‘Honeymoon’ Home Run

Allen’s older man-younger woman (no?) romance caps off ‘Relatively Speaking’ series of one-acts.
10/22/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

He’s done it so many times, showing us a lecherous middle-aged man and a nubile young woman, decades his junior, and the love that blossoms between them. You would be forgiven for thinking that Woody Allen has already exploited this theme from every possible angle.

Ari Graynor and Steve Guttenberg in Woody Allen's "Honeymoon Motel." Joan Marcus

A Rabbi's Moral Choices

‘A Splintered Soul’ looks at the often-paradoxical nature of ethical decision-making.
10/18/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Trauma leaves nothing whole. In Alan Lester Brooks’ new play, “A Splintered Soul,” a maverick rabbi in postwar San Francisco risks his life and career to resettle Jewish refugees from the Holocaust. Yet aiding others plunges the rabbi into a world of agonizing moral choices, in which things are not always what they seem.

Ella Dershowitz, the daughter of Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, makes her N.Y. theatrical debut in Alan Lester Brooks

A Rabbi’s Moral Choices

‘A Splintered Soul’ looks at the often-paradoxical nature of ethical decision-making.
10/18/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Trauma leaves nothing whole. In Alan Lester Brooks’ new play, “A Splintered Soul,” a maverick rabbi in postwar San Francisco risks his life and career to resettle Jewish refugees from the Holocaust. Yet aiding others plunges the rabbi into a world of agonizing moral choices, in which things are not always what they seem. “A Splintered Soul” opens Off Broadway Oct. 21 at Theater Three in Midtown with a cast that features Ella Dershowitz, daughter of celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, in her New York theatrical debut.

Ella Dershowitz, daughter of Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, makes her N.Y. debut in Alan Lester Brooks' "A Splintered Soul."

A Rabbi’s Moral Choices

‘A Splintered Soul’ looks at the often-paradoxical nature of ethical decision-making.
10/18/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Trauma leaves nothing whole. In Alan Lester Brooks’ new play, “A Splintered Soul,” a maverick rabbi in postwar San Francisco risks his life and career to resettle Jewish refugees from the Holocaust. Yet aiding others plunges the rabbi into a world of agonizing moral choices, in which things are not always what they seem. “A Splintered Soul” opens Off Broadway Oct. 21 at Theater Three in Midtown with a cast that features Ella Dershowitz, daughter of celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, in her New York theatrical debut.

Ella Dershowitz, the daughter of Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, makes her N.Y. theatrical debut in Alan Lester Brooks.

When Your Family Wants A Rewrite

The darkly comic playwright David Bar Katz turns the dysfunctional clan drama on its head in ‘The Atmosphere of Memory.’
10/17/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

If the generally liberal New York theater crowd has gotten a little tired of David Mamet, who with his acerbic wit and pugilistic mien now espouses mostly conservative views, it need not worry. There is another Jewish playwright with an equally dark and comic wit who is just breaking through. He is David Bar Katz, author of “The Atmosphere of Memory,” a play about a highly dysfunctional family, and he is one of the most watched mid-career playwrights in New York City.

“It’s really about children finding their place within a family,” Bar Katz says of his new play.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, With Access For All

Israel Museum-Google digitization project a boon for public but perhaps not for scholars.
10/10/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Google and the Israel Museum announced three weeks ago that they were digitizing images of the Dead Sea Scrolls — perhaps the most important biblical discovery of the last century — the praise was nearly ubiquitous.

People involved with the Google digitization project say it is only the beginning of a larger goal.

The Love Triangle Of All Love Triangles

Inside the Freud-Jung-Sabine Speilrein relationship.
10/10/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

David Cronenberg has always been fascinated by the relationship between mental state and bodily consequences. So it was perhaps inevitable that he would make a film about Sigmund Freud and the psychoanalytic movement. His very first film, a seven-minute short, “Transfer,” is about the relationship between a psychiatrist and a patient.

 Fassbender and Keira Knightley as Sabine Speilrein.

Joel Rubin, In Two Keys

The tradition-minded clarinetist steps ‘out’ in new album, but goes back ‘in’ for rare N.Y. show.
10/05/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Joel Rubin doesn’t get to New York very often these days. Being a professor at the University of Virginia is something of a full-time job.
So when the clarinetist-ethnomusicologist doffs mortarboard and travels north with his instrument, as will be the case on Oct. 11, it is well worth making the trip to Manhattan to hear what he’s doing.

Joel Rubin.

Death Be Not … Cruel

10/03/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Death should not be proud, as the poet John Donne warned, but it certainly can be shameless. In Nicky Silver’s new play, “The Lyons,” the patriarch of a Jewish family, about to succumb to terminal cancer, suddenly vents the hatred that he feels for his wife and children, prompting them to uncork their own vitriol at him and at each other.

Linda Lavin in Nicky Silver’s “The Lyons,”
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