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  • Stage dramedy tackles interfaith marriage taboo

    August 15, 2012 | 11:00 am

    If you take Israel out of the equation, there’s little in the Jewish world that gets people as riled up as the idea of intermarriage. For most secular and liberal Jews, intermarriage, which once carried a huge social stigma, has become more acceptable. Visit any Reform synagogue in...

  • Shlomo Carlebach’s life comes to the stage in ‘Soul Doctor’

    August 14, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    As he researched the complex life of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for a new musical, playwright Daniel Wise found a surprisingly candid source.

    Neshama Carlebach, a successful recording artist and popular performer of her father’s compositions, openly revealed his many struggles as...

  • “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s” Steven Berkoff:  ‘in yer face’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    Steven Berkoff, the actor, director and playwright who has achieved notoriety as the bad boy of Britain’s “in yer face” theater, was uncharacteristically apologetic as he arrived on the set of David Fincher’s American movie adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s international best...

  • Will Sasson Gabai hit the stage for ‘The Band’s Visit’?

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 8, 2011 | 11:36 am

    The Israeli film “The Band’s Visit” is expected to open on a New York stage next year.  The leading role has reportedly been offered to Sasson Gabai, who starred in the 2007 film,  as well as Mohammed Bakri according to Haaretz.

    “The Band’s Visit” was awarded multiple awards including 8 Ophir prizes with Gabai taking home the European Film Award for Best Actor. The film is currently being adapted for stage and is still in the fundraising phase but producers hope to start rehearsals in a few months.

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  • C’mon, Amanda Green, ‘Bring It On’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 6, 2011 | 4:37 pm

    At one point in “Bring It On: The Musical,” inspired by the rival cheerleading film of the same name, Bridget, the team’s chubby mascot, gets some moxie from a pep talk about a boy she likes.

    “Why walk around like you’re made of asbestos,” a friend sings, “when [he]...

  • TV ‘terrorist’ plays Jewish hero on stage

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 12, 2008 | 10:20 pm

    I was on my sofa in Jerusalem reading the opening credits of my favorite TV show, "24,' looking for Jewish names to figure out exactly how many Jews control Hollywood. Lo and behold, I see my friend's name: Steven Schub.

    I met Schub through a networking website that connects that...
  • Israel’s ‘grande dame’ grows up on the big screen

    By Jessica Steinberg

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There is a scene in Dina Zvi-Riklis' award-winning drama, "Three Mothers," in which Gila Almagor, once a popular singer, stages a comeback concert to raise money for her sister, Yasmin, who needs a kidney transplant. At the start of the concert, she introduces herself as one of three...
  • Gay Romeo Tale Set on Mideast Stage

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Astute trend-spotters have noticed a new genre -- "Love Across the Green Line" -- in which Israeli boy meets Palestinian girl, or variations on this theme, like boy meets boy.

    Four productions along these lines have been followed by the incipient courtship between Ariel Sharon and...

  • Screen Scribe

    By Tom Tugend

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Norman Hudis is a patient man, not by temperament but by necessity. It took the ex-Londoner and current Woodland Hills resident some 30 years to see his play produced on stage, and if the venue is Santa Ana rather than Manhattan, he is as pleased as any playwright savoring his name...

  • Uncle Leo Fulfills a Dream

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "If you're a pretty good actor and live long enough, you can play any role," said Len Lesser, sitting on a worn couch just after finishing an evening performance at A Noise Within in Glendale.

    At 80, and after close to 60 years on stage, screen and television, Lesser has proven his...

  • The Joy of ‘Oy’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Richard Lewis is a comedian who has perfected the art of the kvetch.

    In his act, he paces the stage, plastering his palms to his temples to express the universal oy. Clad completely in black, he laments his hypochondria, his "dates from hell," his Jewish family. "My grandparents...

  • Up Front

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I don't know why they love me so much [in England]. Over there, I played the London Palladium for a month. It was just announced that I was going to play there, and the show has practically sold out. Here, I'm told I'm too Jewish; over there, they...

  • A Window to the Soul

    By Diane Arieff

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Laila Robins and Brian Cox in a scene from "Skylight"by David Hare

     

    A romantic might regard a skylight as a window facing the sun --evidence of the universal but private human impulse to reach up, todream. But seen through a different lens, a skylight is a dangerouskind of artifice --...

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