Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • ‘Tallest Tree’ examines what it means to be an outsider

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 16, 2014 | 4:49 pm

    At one point in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” Daniel Beaty’s one-man show about the internationally renowned African-American bass-baritone and activist Paul Robeson, he tours the Soviet Union, which he has applauded for its anti-discriminatory laws about race.

    But during... read on

  • Colin Firth on his searing turn in ‘The Railway Man’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 14, 2014 | 10:06 pm

    Speaking on the telephone with Colin Firth, it’s hard not to think of his Oscar-winning turn as the beleaguered King George VI opposite Geoffrey Rush in 2010’s “The King’s Speech.”  Or, for that matter, his romantic and oh-so-English performances as Mr. Darcy in 1995’s “Pride and... read on

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