Jewish Journal


December 9, 2004

7 Days in the Arts


Saturday, December 11

Today and tomorrow only, the award-winning "Underneath the Lintel" returns to the Sacred Fools Theater Company. Playwright Glen Berger's story about a Dutch librarian who feels compelled to hunt down a man whose library book is 123 years overdue is really about the search for the sublime. Is the delinquent really the Wandering Jew of Christian myth? And if so, does Berger's play have anti-Semitic undertones? In more modern mythology, the Wandering Jew has been upheld as a hero, rather than a villain, and that's how many have interpreted the play. How will you?

10 p.m. (Saturday), 7 p.m. (Sunday). $10. 660 N. Heliotrope Drive, Hollywood. (310) 281-8337.

Brandon Clark in "Underneath the Lintel." Photo courtesy of Sacred Fools Theater Company

Sunday, December 12

Sing it with us, "On the sixth night of Chanukah my true love gave to me, a ticket to 'Two Jews and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.'" Tonight, the two eponymous Jews, Melissa and Scott Strauss, follow in a distinguished line of Tribe members singing Christmas carols when they perform "Two Jews and a Partridge in a Pear Tree: A Celebration of Holiday Music." The show features Christmas as well as Chanukah favorites.

7 p.m. Two drink minimum. TEN20 Cafe, Wyndham Bel Age Hotel, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (310) 358-7705.

Scott and Melissa Strauss

Monday, December 13

"The Aryan Couple" is director John Daly's new film about a Polish Jewish industrialist (played by Martin Landau) who agrees to give up his business, his palace and his art collection to Nazi Heinrich Himmler in exchange for safe transport to Palestine for him and his extended family. It plays this week at the Laemmle Music Hall.

9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869

Kenny Doughty and Caroline Carver in "The Aryan Couple."

Tuesday, December 14

Confused Jews find answers to holiday questions in Barbara Rushkoff's new book, "Jewish Holiday Fun...For You!" (Universe), out just in time for Chanukah. The irreverent book comes with cut-out paper dolls of Ruth (of megillah fame) and a less-than-traditional take on the Purim story in screenplay form. But a word of caution: This book may look fun, but it's more for the young at heart than the young.

$14. www.amazon.com.

Wednesday, December 15

Five local photographers offer disparate perspectives in the University of Judaism's new exhibition, "Eye of the Camera: Five Viewpoints." Irene Fertik captures Ethiopian Immigrants to Israel, Nancy Kaye's subject is street scenes, Aline Smithson focuses on objects, Peter Handwerker's subject is the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw and Claudia Kunin offers "ghost' images.

Runs through Feb. 13. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Fri.). 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 201.

A "ghost" image by Claudia Kunin

Thursday, December 16

Playwright Tom Dudzick gives us one more reason to marry in the faith. "Greetings" tells the tale of Andy Gorski, who brings his Jewish/atheist fiancé home to meet the family for Christmas. Things don't go so well between his girl and his very Roman Catholic family – that is until his mentally challenged brother's spirit-friend steps in. Yeah, you read that right. Strangely intriguing, isn't it?

Runs through Jan. 2. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $18-$23. Vanguard Theatre, 120-A W. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton. R.S.V.P., (714) 526-8007.

Friday, December 17

It's more interfaith romance today, this time in the play, "The Last Five Years." The two-person musical tells the story of nice Jewish boy Jamie and good Irish Catholic girl Catherine, who fall in and out of a relationship over the course of five years. But we haven't given anything away there. This story actually starts with the end and works backward. Yeah, you read that one right, too. Also strangely intriguing, no?

Runs through Dec. 19. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 7 p.m. (Sun.). $25. Gene Bua Theatre, 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (323) 481-3038.

Tricia Small and Stef Tovar in "The Last Five Years." Photo by David Elzer

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