The Arts

Burns, Baby, Burns

A double dose of the iconic straight man, in the same weekend.
10/24/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

With the decline of the comedy duo, the straight man no longer plays a prominent role in our culture. But in Rupert Holmes’ “Say Goodnight, Gracie,” the revival of the one-man show that opens Sunday afternoon starring Joel Rooks as funnyman George Burns, the king of straight men gets his due.

A cigar and a one-liner: Joel Rooks as George Burns in “Say Goodnight, Gracie.” Scott Myers

Shostakovich’s Symphonic Shot At The Soviets

N.Y. Philharmonic to perform ‘Babi Yar,’ the composer’s public rebuke of the Kremlin.
10/24/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

There’s a special look that artists develop when they live under a brutal dictatorship. It’s a shiftiness in the eyes that comes from always looking behind to see who is listening and taking notes when they speak, write, paint, compose. Dmitri Shostakovich must have had that look down pat.

“He was on a list,” Victoria Bond says. “They must have watched his every move.”

Kurt Masur, music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic.

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.
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