Jewish Journal

Plays young and old from Pulitzer winner now in L.A.

By Naomi Pfefferman

June 11, 2014 | 9:42 am

From left: Sarah Steele, Eric Lange and Blythe Danner in “The Country House,” at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Michael Lamont

Playwright Donald Margulies favors dark themes, such as loss, grief and the often painful legacies parents transmit to their children, as well as the struggles of the successful or... read on

  • Filmmaker Plumbs Her Painful Family Secrets in ‘For a Woman’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 4, 2014 | 10:43 am

    The inspiration for Diane Kurys’ semi-autobiographical new movie, “For a Woman,” began a decade ago as the French filmmaker rummaged through a drawer and found an old photograph of her father’s mysterious brother, Jean.

    Family lore had it that Jean escaped the Soviet Red Army for... read on

  • Pantages welcomes iconic adaptation in ‘Ghost the Musical’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 28, 2014 | 1:39 pm

    During his more than three decades as a screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin’s friends, colleagues and even his own son have asked him why he is so preoccupied with death. 

    “But I’m actually obsessed with life,” insisted Rubin, the Academy Award-winning author of the hit 1990... read on

  • How a student’s plagiarism became a playwright’s muse

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 28, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    In spring 2011, Steven Drukman, a journalist, Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright and an associate arts professor at New York University (NYU), was upset by the behavior of one of his students.

    She was failing his theater course for her sub-par work, rarely showed up to class,... read on

  • Author documents South African resilience after her own losses

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 28, 2014 | 10:16 am

    In early 2006, Carole Eglash-Kosoff, an author and businesswoman, lost her mother to complications following a hip surgery. Just three weeks later, Eglash-Kosoff’s husband, Alvin, died after an adverse reaction to treatment for his bladder cancer. And only three days after that,... read on

  • From family ghosts, a story of ‘The Immigrant’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 7, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Since the mid-1990s, writer-director James Gray, 45, has made haunting, operatic films about the fraught relationships between immigrants and their children as they struggle to assimilate and to achieve some measure of the elusive American dream.

    His debut feature, “Little... read on

  • Sex comedy ‘Fading Gigolo’ more warm than hot

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2014 | 10:36 am

    In a movie about sex, there has to be an obstacle, and there’s no bigger obstacle than religion,” John Turturro said from Dallas, where he was promoting his new comic film, “Fading Gigolo.”

    The actor-writer-director plays the eponymous hooker — to Woody Allen’s pimp — who becomes... read on

  • One man, two identities: Archbishop was ‘The Jewish Cardinal’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 23, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    In 1981, when Pope John Paul II named Jean-Marie Lustiger archbishop of Paris, Lustiger felt conflicted, even burdened: “For me, this nomination was as if, all of a sudden, the crucifix began to wear a yellow star,” Lustiger told a reporter at the time.

    Ilan Duran Cohen’s... read on

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