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  • Drama in a ‘Class’ of its own

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 18, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    In the most searing sequence in Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s “Our Class” — a controversial play about Polish-Jewish relations now at the Atwater Village Theatre through at least May 5 — actors playing Polish nationalists lift chairs symbolizing their Jewish neighbors and mime the... read on

  • David S. Goyer talks ‘Batman,’ ‘Man of Steel’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 18, 2013 | 11:05 am

    David S. Goyer, the scribe behind Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy and the highly anticipated Superman reboot “The Man of Steel,” opening June 14, was sipping English breakfast tea while nursing a cold recent at the Four Seasons Hotel.

    The 47-year-old writer was... read on

  • Falafel Western wrangles opening night of Israel Film Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    The drama opens in a smoky saloon somewhere in a remote corner of Israel. A young stranger, Avram (Dudu Tassa), enters the bar, where he is regarded suspiciously by the tough-looking musicians slinging back shots of arak, a Middle Eastern liquor. Avram has arrived with a message... read on

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  • Scars of Israel’s ‘Numbered’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    In “Numbered,” the new documentary by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai, a journalist and Holocaust survivor named Ruth Bondy describes how in the early days of the Jewish state, sabras condescendingly stared at the serialized number the Nazis had tattooed on her forearm at Auschwitz.

    ... read on
  • ‘Da Vinci’ goes rogue in new STARZ historical fantasy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 3, 2013 | 8:44 am

    “I grew up very conscious of the fact that I was Jewish,” said David S. Goyer, the screenwriter behind Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster “The Dark Knight” trilogy and the author of the highly anticipated Superman reboot “The Man of Steel” as well as the creator of the new historical... read on

  • The real Jeffrey Tambor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 28, 2013 | 5:17 am

    It was the first day of spring, and Jeffrey Tambor was sitting in his car in the snow near his New York home, conducting an interview while his 6-year-old daughter — one of his four children, ages 3 to 8, including twin toddlers — was taking her piano lesson. “Daddy is tired,... read on

  • Jeremy Piven plays a self(ridge)-made man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 20, 2013 | 7:26 am

    Two minutes into a telephone interview, actor Jeremy Piven riffed on his Jewish background: “I grew up Reconstructionist, so my father used to joke that we prayed to ‘To whom it may concern,’ ” he said, then paused as if for a rim shot. “I’m waiting for the laugh to die down,” he... read on

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