Synagogue transformation programs exude good intentions, but do they actually work?
There were reasons for Carole Goldman to decline the role of Ma in Richard Greenberg's Jewish-assimilation play "Everett Beekin," opening tonight at South Coast Repertory.
At one point in Richard Greenberg's new play, "Everett Beekin," scheduled to premiere at South Coast Repertory (SCR) in September, a Jewish New Yorker arrives in Orange County and is perplexed by the efficiency, the serenity, the friendliness of the natives. "I don't want to mark myself a Californiphobic ... because [that is such a] cliché," one of the characters, Celia, tells her sister. "But the worst part is: You can never catch them when you've turned your back and you quick turn back. I mean, the tell-tale sneer, the exchanged mocking glances. You turn your back and they're still smiling! What are they? Happy?"