22/Saturday"Until you respect yourself, you aren't free to love anyone else," says actor Seth E. Cutler, star of the new play, "The Flatted Fifth,"directed by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld. This lesson is learned as the play traces the journey of a jaded Jew as he accepts his culture after a trip to Israel. The star of last year's widely acclaimed "Trafficking in Broken Hearts," Cutler takes the role to heart because it mirrors his own search for identity as a third-generation Jewish American. $20. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Through Oct. 21. The Tamarind Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (323) 460-2553.
23/SundaySince the age of seven, actor Elliot Gould has charmed audiences. Tonight, he reflects on his Jewish roots in preparation for the High Holy Days. He will discuss morality and its application according to the Talmud and Maimonides' Laws of Repentance. $4 (members); $5 (nonmembers). 7 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 552-4595 ext. 21. Teach children to be optimistic and involved during the High Holy Days by engaging them in fun programs. Artist Robert Saslow will lead L'Shana Tova: Making New Year's Games, a workshop for kids ages 4 and older to learn how to create board games with High Holy Day themes. $5. 2 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 445-4400.
24/MondayThe late Walter Matthau won the Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1975 version of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys." The play is back tonight, chronicling the humorous reunion of two quarreling veteran comedians after 11 years. $12 (general admission). Student and members of the performer's unions discounts available. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Through Oct. 24. Theatre 40, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills.
25/TuesdayIt's no wonder sculptor Sy Rosenwasser has such a skilled hand -- he's a retired surgeon. "Taking Flight," says the Jewish sculptor, makes "you feel like you have wings to take off ... for the times that I've wanted to take flight in my life." His work varies from chiseled erotic human figures, such as "Candice" to marble-like images of mother and child, including "Family II." His work is on display today and can also be observed outside his office building in Santa Monica, affording a wide array of his older 15-feet pieces. Opens tonight. Opening reception: Sat., Sept. 29, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Gallery Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Through Oct. 20. The Artists' Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 829-9556.
26/WednesdayAuthor Diane Armstrong's book "Mosaic -- A Chronicle of Five Generations" chronicles five generations of her Polish-Jewish family and the experiences each ancestor endured over the last century. Armstrong's incredible story of her family's survival of the Holocaust was inspired to create this account by meeting her long lost uncle. $29.95. Available at bookstores citywide.
Author Joseph Skibell's play "Our Own Dear Anton's Abandoned Story Cycle -- Presented by Ivan and Burkin (100 years after they left their village)" is based on Anton Chekhov's unfinished 19th century novels. The farcical comedy is part Holocaust memoir, part ghost story, part Hebrew folklore. $15 (general admission); Senior, student and group discounts available. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. Through Oct. 28. The Raven Playhouse, 5233 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (323) 478-1337.
28/Friday"Thank God It's Shabbat" is a new CD by musicians David Propis and Allan Naplan which compiles all the famous melodies from Friday night services at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, Texas. The 1,500-member synagogue, one of the largest Conservative synagogues in the United States, rejoices every Shabbat in spiritual song and even dancing in the aisles. $15.98. Available at international music stores citywide.