Jewish Journal

‘Anything Goes’ is high jinks on the high seas

By Naomi Pfefferman

November 21, 2012 | 1:44 pm

Rachel York and the cast of “Anything Goes.” Photo by Joan Marcus

Erich Bergen identifies easily with the brash, impetuous character of Billy Crocker, the romantic lead Bergen plays in Cole Porter’s insouciant 1934 musical “Anything Goes,” which opens... read on

  • ‘Coney Island’: A Christmas Story for Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 21, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Donald Margulies was in his New Haven study when a surprising call came from Gil Cates, the renowned artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse.

    Cates — who died last November at 77 — had overseen four Margulies productions at the Geffen, had just directed the Pulitzer... read on

  • ‘Pi’ is approximately 3.1416% Jewish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Ang Lee, the 58-year-old Oscar-winning director of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” was understated and thoughtful recently as he settled into a velvet couch at the L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills. He had arrived to discuss his new film, “Life of Pi,”... read on

  • Mayim Bialik and Elon Gold on Obama victory

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 7, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    This week I phoned actor-comedian Elon Gold and "The Big Bang Theory's" Mayim Bialik to get their take on the election coverage and results.  Here's what they had to say:

    What a close race! It had me on the edge of my seat! I had no reservations about the President's or Governor... read on

  • Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Antiviral’ oozes into AFI Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 3, 2012 | 12:06 am

    Exploding heads, techno-genitals, mutant offspring, a humanoid fly. Such are some of the monstrous images in David Cronenberg’s early “body horror” films, a la “Videodrome,” “Scanners,” “The Brood” and, of course, 1986’s “The Fly, ” starring Jeff Goldblum. Now Cronenberg’s... read on

  • Susan Polis Schutz explores ‘Seeds of Resiliency’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 28, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    In Susan Polis Schutz’s documentary “Seeds of Resiliency,” which will screen at the Laemmle Theatres through Nov. 1, Mike Stevens, a father of young children in his early 40s, describes how he first responded to his diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer in 2005:  “I curled up in fetal... read on

  • The provocatively titled short film, ‘Jew’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 11, 2012 | 8:33 am

    The short film, “Jew,” has one of the bolder titles to cross my desk in recent years.  It’s downright provocative, which was filmmaker Josh Berger’s intention, he told me at the premiere of the 38-minute movie for some 200 viewers at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood... read on

  • An exhibition of Iranian Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 10, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Talk of Iran these days tends to be about threats of the annihilation of Israel, the potential of nuclear weaponry and bellicose leaders. But before all that, over its almost 3,000-year history, Iran has had one of the deepest and richest artistic heritages of any place in the... read on

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