Theater

Old jokes for old Jews

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Review Brad Zimmerman peaked, it seems, as a preteen little leaguer. When he hit the ball out of the park, his dad shouted from the...

Voices of the Crown Heights riots are still relevant 30 years on in Theater...

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Review It’s been more than three decades since the predominantly Chasidic Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., erupted in a riot, following the tragic death...

Radiant poetry pulls together world premiere at Olney Theater

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Our ur-Jewish stories, those that we have been reading, interpreting and re-telling for millennia — inform and shape us. And these ancient stories of...

Is it time to retire ‘The Merchant of Venice’?

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When William Shakespeare penned “The Merchant of Venice” between 1596 and 1599, he considered it a comedy; couples Portia and Lorenzo and Nerissa and...

Are some things too sensitive to dramatize?

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By Jarrad Saffern PHILADELPHIA —Word that a Los Angeles playhouse is turning a South Jersey tragedy — Rabbi Fred Neulander having his wife Carol Neulander...

Who owns Anne Frank?

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    More than 75 years after Anne Frank, the best-known victim of Hitler’s Final Solution, perished at Bergen-Belsen, the famed teenage diarist’s afterlife is, for...

Storytellers take D.C audience to confrontations with injustice

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With just binders in their hands, a group of storytellers took viewers from their device screens to places like the Argentine Dirty War and...

‘Secret Things’ uncovers hidden Jewish stories

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Review Family secrets have a way of coming back to haunt us. In the play “Secret Things,” the family mystery doesn’t date back decades, or...

The aphorisms come fast and furious in ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ at Theater J

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It’s not a spoiler to note up front that Morrie Schwartz, the Brandeis University sociology professor who loves giving advice, dies at the end...

The artistic director as rabbi: Jason Loewith

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There was a time as a teenager when Jason Loewith aspired to become a rabbi. These days, as artistic director of Olney Theatre Center...