theater

This Jew Hath Eyes

"The Merchant of Venice," like many of Shakespeare’s middle “comedies,” is often considered a problem play: the language is dense, the final courtroom scene fraught with near-tragedy, and for even the most casual observer, the language is steeped with anti-Semitic vitriol.

Joseph Menino as Shylock and Imani Jade Powers as Jessica in “The Merchant of Venice.”  Allison Stock

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07/30/2014
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THE SWAY MACHINERY

The JCC in Manhattan continues its “Up on the Roof” series next Thursday with The Sway Machinery. The quintet, led by guitarist-singer Jeremiah Lockwood, fuses Latin jazz with the cantorial tradition (Lockwood is the grandson of a noted cantor) to create a world-music mix that The New Yorker calls a “dance-friendly, at times ecstatic sound.” Before and during the show, kosher drinks will be available through local wine bar Vino Levantino.

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in mini-series about idealistic British Jewish arms-making magnate.   www.sundance.tv

Mixed Media And Mothers At LABA

When was the last time you thought about – or stopped thinking about – this: “It’s not so simple to love your mommy.” Israeli novelist and philosopher Ruby Namdar surprises his audience at the 14th St. Y’s LABAlive performance with that deceptively simple  - - yet highly provocative - - opening line in his introduction to the evening’s performance.

Tom Block, “Valencia”

From Teheran, Shiraz And Mashhad To America

Cranberry sauce is left untouched on the Thanksgiving table. A mullah proposes  a temporary marriage to a Jewess on a flight. A Southern woman who looks like she comes from generations of country club members is actually the daughter of an Iranian Jew.

Cast of "Saffron and Rosewater." Photo courtesy Jewish Women's Theater

Old Jews, Jokes And Birthdays

Approaching his 62nd birthday, my husband announced he wanted to be a stand-up comedian.  I do laugh at his jokes, but a stand-up? I don’t know…..I took him to see “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” playing off-Broadway, on his birthday for a taste of the classics.

Jews And The Arts, Players And Pundits

The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College hosted an ambitious and absorbing program, “Jewish Arts and Identity in the Contemporary World” on May 7th. Three panels – on theater, music and the visual arts - were the core of the conference complemented by a performance by Audrey Flack and the Art History Band.

Yiddish Theater, On The Margin

11/01/2012

Little did the theater director David Herskovitz know, when he caught The Jewish Museum’s 2008 exhibit on Marc Chagall and the Russian Jewish Theater, that he would end up spending the next stage of his career staging forgotten Yiddish works. Herskovitz’s theater company, Target Margin, is discovering that rescuing Yiddish plays from oblivion can transform audiences’ expectations.

David Herskovitz

Kill The Jews — Satirically Speaking

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Hannah Arendt was deadly serious when she coined the term “the banality of evil” to refer to the matter-of-factness with which the Nazis committed genocide. But in the hands of playwright Ken Kaissar, the contemplation of the mass murder of the Jews becomes a springboard for outrageous satire. His play, “A Modest Suggestion,” opens next week in Midtown, and it features Jeff Auer, Bob Greenberg, Ethan Hova, Russell Jordan, Jonathan Marballi and Robert W. Smith.

Scene from “A Modest Suggestion,” a satire of Swiftian proportions about the Holocaust.

A ‘Sassy’ Jewish Actress, Cured By Globetrotting

04/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

After a teacher told her she didn’t have the talent to succeed, Sivan Hadari, an American-Israeli actress who now lives in New York, traveled the world to free herself of debilitating self-doubt.

"Sivan Hadari's new one-woman play documents her journeys to the unlikeliest of places."

Jewish Theatre Of NY’s Latest Censored?

06/14/2011
Editorial Assistant

Tuvia Tenenbom is no stranger to controversy. He has staged plays about love letters to Hitler, Arab virgins being raped by Israeli soldiers and the sex lives of chasidic Jews.

But only recently did the U.S. State Department step in.

A Tunisian love triangle proves too controversial for the U.S. State Department.
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