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  • Finding ‘Jewtopia’

    September 19, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    I sat somewhere between anxious and bored in my seat, picking at the polyester threads as they unraveled from the sleeve of my robe. One after one, my classmates were called to the bimah, and in the same sing-song cadence of their bar or bat mitzvah speeches, they started their...

  • Little-known stories live large on screen

    September 6, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Several tales largely unknown to mainstream audiences are brought to the fore in many of this fall’s cinematic offerings.

    Among these is “Kill Your Darlings,” a coming-of-age film about the celebrated beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg during his time as a student at Columbia...

  • ‘Jewtopia’s’ universal truths

    September 27, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    David Katz knew minutes into watching Bryan Fogel’s “Jewtopia,” a star-studded independent film adapted from the hit comedic play about interfaith dating, that it would anchor his Malibu International Film Festival. Unfortunately, Katz had his epiphany at 3 a.m.

    “It was so...

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt cast in ‘Jewtopia’ movie

    July 19, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Jennifer Love Hewitt was cast in a leading role for a movie version of “Jewtopia.”

    Love Hewitt, who starred in the television show “The Ghost Whisperer,” and “Crossing Jordan” star Ivan Sergei will head the cast in an adaptation of the hit play and best-selling book, Variety...

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  • Shorter, Snappier ‘Jewtopia’ Returns to L.A. Stage

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2010 | 7:17 pm

    Everything was at stake for Bryan Fogel before “Jewtopia,” the comedy he wrote and starred in with Sam Wolfson, opened at the Coast Playhouse in May 2003 and became a runaway hit.

    The then-28-year-old actor racked up charges on his credit cards for the $80,000 production about...

  • Choice of a Jew generation

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you're in a bookstore and see a book with two impish-looking guys trying to sneak a light for their cigarettes from a chanukiah, then you've happened upon "Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People" (Warner).

    Yes, the saga of Los Angeles' longest running original play...

  • Q & A With Jewtopia Creators Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson

    By Amy Klein

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Are you interested in a 29-year-old Jewish girl?"

    I'm standing in the foyer of the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood talking to Bryan Fogel, the co-writer/co-producer/co-star of "Jewtopia" -- a play that parodies dating, JDating, interdating, rabbis, Passover seders, Purim, Chanukah...

  • O.C. Finds Itself in a State of ‘Jewtopia’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The hit play "Jewtopia" began when Sam Wolfson and Bryan Fogel envisioned two guys at a temple singles mixer with "Hava Nagila" pumping. "We decided the gentile was there because he likes Jewish girls, and the Jew was there because of family pressure," Fogel said.

    The scene evolved...

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