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We’re all ‘Old Jews’ at heart

by Iris Mann

1 day ago

From left: Gary Lebovitz, Saige Spinney, Michael Naishtut, Marken Greenwood and Milt Oberman take time out from rehearsing for a nosh at a neighborhood deli. Photo courtesy of Theater League

An old Jewish man walks into a restaurant, walks up to the maitre d’ and says: “Pardon me, how do you prepare your chicken?” The maitre d’ says, “We tell ’em right up front they ain’t... read full article

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    The son of a Jewish, slave-owning family from the South confronts two of his former slaves just as the Civil War ends in the play “The Whipping Man,” which played at the West Coast Jewish Theatre in Los Angeles, has been produced by theater companies around the country and is now...

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    The superlatives fall liberally and un-begrudgingly out of Carl Reiner’s mouth in praise of a musical he claims reaches new comic heights. Given Reiner’s own pedigree in making people laugh across the spectrum of TV (“Your Show of Shows,”  “The Dick Van Dyke Show”) books and movies...

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  • Fusing ritual and theater

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    In Encino, seven actors move across the scuffed hardwood floor of a gymnasium. It’s after 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and this is only the third rehearsal for the play “Tefillah or Prayer: A Transition.”

    Paul Vroom, a middle-aged actor sporting camouflage shorts and a goatee,...

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