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  • Calendar: October 11-17

    By Laura Donney

    October 9, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    SAT | OCT 12

    “THE HEBREW HILLBILLY”

    Yeehaw! Shelley Fisher’s Hollywood journey begins in Memphis, Tenn. — and growing up Jewish in the Deep South with dreams of performing can make for a colorful childhood. This one-woman musical show, with 14 original songs by Fisher, Kenneth...

  • The real Jeffrey Tambor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 28, 2013 | 5:17 am

    It was the first day of spring, and Jeffrey Tambor was sitting in his car in the snow near his New York home, conducting an interview while his 6-year-old daughter — one of his four children, ages 3 to 8, including twin toddlers — was taking her piano lesson. “Daddy is tired,...

  • A politically correct seder

    By David Mamet

    March 22, 2013 | 10:46 am

    Passover cartoon

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  • A response to a stiff-necked playwright

    November 5, 2012 | 11:43 am

    This piece is a response to "A note to stiff-necked people" by David Mamet which first appeared on JewishJournal.com on Nov. 1.

    David Mamet recently asked the following questions of “Jews planning to vote for Obama.”  Herewith, my responses.

    Are you prepared to explain to your...

  • Clara Mamet makes her way in the family biz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    It was a sweltering day on the North Hills set of ABC’s upcoming sitcom “The Neighbors,” as Clara Mamet opened the door of her trailer with a toss of her long, brown hair. The 17-year-old actress wore peach-colored satin trousers, a floral blouse and a devil-may-care expression as...

  • Uncle Maury and the Chris-Craft

    By David Mamet

    August 15, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Imagine a new member to the family. The real or prospective son- or daughter-in-law is not sat down and explained the family ways, nor given diagrams, lists and rules for behavior. They are told stories.

    The stories the family tells, the order and frequency in which they occur,...

  • Letters to the Editor: David Mamet, Dennis Prager, USC Hillel

    August 1, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Their Country, Right or Wrong

    In “At What Cost?” (July 27), David Mamet asserts that the national debt has doubled under President Barack Obama and that government has increased massively in size. Both are inaccurate; see for yourself at factcheck.org. If the armed forces have...

  • At What Cost?

    By David Mamet

    July 25, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    It has been suggested that the purpose of a college education is to ease the transition into adulthood. After several decades teaching college-age students, I would agree, only substituting delay and prevent for ease.

    Eric Hoffer wrote in “The Ordeal of Change” (1963) that the...

  • ‘Girls’ writer lays bare women’s insecurities

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 25, 2012 | 11:20 am

    Lena Dunham, the writer, director and star of “Girls,” HBO’s much-talked-about new series, strode onto the stage at the Writers Guild Theater for a Women in Film Q-and-A recently, wearing a tight gray dress, emerald green flats and the buoyant attitude of a Hollywood “It”...

  • Letters to the Editor: Job searching, Buy Israel, David Mamet, Global Warming

    November 30, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    Job Search Process Is Ineffective, Demeaning

    Even though organizations like JVS have WorkSource centers on Wilshire Boulevard and in Marina del Rey, the jobs through JVS are all online (“Still Unemployed: Out of Luck but Not Out of Hope,” Nov. 25). The process of finding jobs...

  • Dear David Mamet: Reform Judaism doesn’t surrender

    November 28, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    Read David Mamet’s opinion piece here: Conflict, choice and surrender

    David Mamet’s recent, meandering tirade demands a response, even if cogency permits only a partial rejoinder. So, I will limit myself to where he begins and I where I “live,” with the Reform Movement.

    He...

  • Letters to the Editor: David Mamet, Marty Kaplan, anorexia

    November 23, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    Mamet: Out of Touch With Today’s Reform

    As an observer and researcher of American Jewish life who teaches this subject at both USC and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion [HUC-JIR], I was looking forward to learning from David Mamet how “Reform Judaism has met with...

  • Opinion: Conflict, choice and surrender

    By David Mamet

    November 17, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    Read a response to David Mamet here: Dear David Mamet: Reform Judaism doesn’t surrender

    The old joke has it, how many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris? No one knows — it’s never been tried.

    Similarly, Reform Judaism has met with few conflicts it did not attempt to...

  • David Mamet’s political manifesto explains the reformed liberal playwright

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    June 7, 2011 | 5:36 pm

    Let me say right away that I am an ardent and devoted fan of David Mamet. I have only a very small collection of movies on DVD, but two of them are “The

    Spanish Prisoner” and “House of Games,” both of which I’ve watched repeatedly. My wife, Ann, and I were in the audience...

  • Kushmet

    By Rob Eshman

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Monday night, I was sitting on stage at American Jewish University interviewing Tony Kushner, talking Life and Judaism and Big Ideas to a man who is arguably America's greatest living playwright, when, suddenly, the words of what is arguably the world's cheesiest bubble-gum song...
  • The Next (book) conversation

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Can a conversation inspire a city? A people?

    Nextbook, an organization devoted to Jewish literature, culture and ideas (www.nextbook.org) came to L.A. last weekend, staging a full day festival at UCLA's MacGowan and Freud theaters called "Acting Jewish: Film, TV, Comedy, Music," the...
  • Nextbook cuts wide swath in Jewish cultural world—from dot-org to real life

    By Saul Austerlitz

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Just four years ago, Nextbook got its start as an organization committed to promoting public library programs dedicated to Jewish topics. In short order, the ever-evolving nonprofit has conquered a swath of territory in the contested realm of Jewish arts and ideas, steadily...
  • Debbie Friedman, L.A. Opera, Norman Mailer and David Mamet

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 3rd

    Debbie Friedman strums and sings old and new favorites from her Jewish folk repertoire tonight at Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Twenty bucks gets you in the door, or splurge on the $100 patron seats for preferred seating and parking, plus a copy of her new CD, "One...

  • David Mamet has one question—for the wicked son

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    David Mamet has written a book, "The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred and the Jews" (Shocken/Nextbook), that is by turns bold, courageous, and outrageous -- it is a book that calls Diaspora Jews to the table and asks: "In or Out?" "The underlying premise of the book," Mamet...
  • Jewish Book Month’s Table of Contents

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With fall comes the annual harvest of books (and authors) to hit town for Jewish Book Month, Nov. 15-Dec. 16, with fare ranging from politics to social commentary to humorous memoir. The autumnal visitors will include David Mamet at the Central Library, Harry Shearer at Temple Beth...
  • Plays by David Mamet

    By Helen Schary Motro

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm


    You Can Go Home Again

    But in David Mamet's 'The Old Neighborhood,' it's a place marked by open wounds and unanswered longing

    By Diane Arieff, Contributing Editor

    When David Mamet, the son of brilliant but emotionally abusive parents, was growing up in Chicago, his mother told him,...
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