The Arts

Documentary Moves Too Fast To Catch Madoff

‘Chasing Madoff’ doesn’t offer satisfactory explanations of his giant fraud.
08/25/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week



The line goes straight up at a 45-degree angle. It never makes a downturn, never changes its upward path. For anyone with a background in large-scale investment, it can only mean one thing: fraud.

Paper chase: Fraud-hunter Harry Markopolos in scene from "Chasing Madoff."

The Ghost At The Seder Table

A bizarre Passover, courtesy of Charles Busch.
08/23/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

From the Plagues visited on the Egyptians to the parting of the Red Sea, Passover is permeated with the supernatural. Little wonder, then, that Charles Busch’s new comedy, “Olive and the Bitter Herbs,” deals with a Passover seder hosted by a misanthropic elderly actress, Olive Fisher (Marcia Jean Kurtz) that is overshadowed by a mysterious ghost.

Dan Butler as Trey, Marcia Jean Kurtz as Olive, Richard Masur as Sylvan, and David Garrison as Robert in "Olive and the Bitter H

Midlife Crisis, Jewish Style

In ‘Herman Kline,’ a doctor grapples with his mortality.
08/23/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In Josh Koenigsberg’s “Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis,” a successful Jewish trauma doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital (Adam LeFevre) risks his life and career when he brings home a bag of crack cocaine that he has found in a dead patient’s rectum.

Besides Kline, the other characters are the doctor’s wife, Liz (Kathryn Kates); a young premed student and family friend, Lauren (Mary Quick) and Lauren’s boyfriend, Ernie (Bobby Moreno), who is a drug dealer.

Kathryn Kates (as Liz Kline) and Adam LeFevre (as Herman Kline) in "Herman Kline's Midlife Crisis." Robert J. Saferstein

Being Serge Gainsbourg

Joann Sfar probes the Jewish identity of the French singer-songwriter-actor-provocateur, animatedly so.
08/22/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s entirely appropriate that Joann Sfar’s first two feature films, “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” (which opens on Aug. 31) and “The Rabbi’s Cat” are all or partly animated.

Judging by his demeanor in a Midtown hotel last week, Sfar is very animated himself. From the moment he enters the room, he is bubbling with good humor and bonhomie, engaging with a photographer (“You have to make me look handsome, you know”), and just plain happy to be present.

French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, the subject of Joann Sfar's latest film, had a successful career despite a less-then-

Steve Solomon’s ‘Still In Therapy’

The comic is back with a sequel to his one-man show.
08/17/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A recurrent dilemma in psychoanalysis revolves around the question of when the patient is actually cured — whether treatment is, as Freud put it, terminable or interminable. In Steve Solomon’s new one-man comedy, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m STILL in Therapy,” the latter certainly appears to be the case, and the results are nothing if not uproarious.

Steve Solomon

The Architecture Of Post-9/11 Life

A Jewish author, a Muslim protagonist and questions of identity in the Ground Zero-centered ‘The Submission.’
08/15/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

 There is a scene in “The Submission,” Amy Waldman’s new and much-discussed post-9/11 novel, where the Muslim-American architect who wins a Sept. 11 memorial competition confronts the competition’s chair, Paul Rubin, a Jewish tycoon not unlike Michael Bloomberg.

Amy Waldman’s debut novel.

The Days After

Exhibit on Hiroshima shows previously classified images of the destruction, inviting comparisons to the Holocaust.
08/15/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Whether or not America did enough for Jews during the Second World War has long been debated. But even those who say the United States did far too little concede that had the United States not entered the war and won, Jews might have been killed in far higher numbers than the already atrociously high six million.

The skeleton-like, metal remains of the Tekaya school building in Hiroshima. International Center for Photography

For Argentine Filmmaker, The Past Is Present

A look at the art and truth of the documentaries of Leandro Katz.
08/09/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Film Critic

For the artist, the history of the 20th century is a stinging nettle that must be grasped with care and the knowledge that pain will surely follow. For the Jewish artist and the Latin American artist, that certainty is magnified by experience. So how does a Latin American Jewish artist approach the subject of history?

Che Guevara in a scene from Leandro Katz’s “The Day You’ll Love Me.” (Freddy Alborta)

The Fringe Gets Religion

Two Jewish-themed works mine serious spiritual matters at iconoclastic theater festival.
08/09/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week
Religion is not the first thing that one thinks of in connection with the Fringe Festival, the smorgasbord of zany, often ribald theatrical fare that springs up every August in New York. But this year’s Fringe includes two plays, both by Jewish playwrights, which take on serious religious themes — a retelling of  the Garden of Eden story and the feverish fictional monologue of a shamanistic rabbi.
The poet Alexander Nemser, whose one-man show is “Moshe Feldstein: Icon of Self-Realization.”

The Jewish Echoes In ‘The Fulbright Triptych’

Forty years after Simon Dinnerstein completed his monumental painting, the complex work is getting a fresh look.
08/08/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Germany was not Simon Dinnerstein’s first choice for a Fulbright grant. But he didn’t have much of a choice. It was 1970, and the Brooklyn-based artist, then 27, was barely making a living. He first applied to work with a noted Spanish painter, only listing Germany, to study the art of engraving in the birthplace of Dürer, as a back up.

“Being Jewish is very complicated, but it’s somehow in my DNA,” Dinnerstein says. Cynthia Dantzic
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