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Rescuing Jewish Musicians

by Kirk Silsbee, Contributing Writer

October 24, 2012 | 1:24 pm

Thomas Kornmann, left, as Bronislaw Huberman in “Orchestra of Exiles,” saved musicians from the Nazis. Photo by Irina Tubbecke

When Zubin Mehta takes the stage at the Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 30 to conduct the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), most in the audience will know that they’re hearing a world-class... read full article

  • Theatre Dybbuk: Company invokes folklore, myth to stretch boundaries of Jewish theater

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    September 10, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    When Aaron Henne decided to form a new Jewish theater company, he knew he needed to push boundaries and make bold statements to challenge the traditional image of what constitutes Jewish theater. So now, with its first major production, Henne’s aptly named Theatre Dybbuk is...

  • Stage dramedy tackles interfaith marriage taboo

    by Jonathan Maseng

    August 15, 2012 | 11:00 am

    If you take Israel out of the equation, there’s little in the Jewish world that gets people as riled up as the idea of intermarriage. For most secular and liberal Jews, intermarriage, which once carried a huge social stigma, has become more acceptable. Visit any Reform synagogue in...

  • ‘Oy’ bring the past to the present at Culver City’s Actors’ Gang

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    July 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    For Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins, who founded Actors’ Gang and serves as its artistic director, presenting plays that are relevant to our time is paramount for the company. To that end, the Culver City-based theater’s current offering is the U.S. premiere of “Oy,”...

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  • Loss, survival — cue the music

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    April 11, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    “When I told my son I was going to write a musical about the Holocaust,” playwright and Holocaust survivor Lucy Deutsch recalled, “he raised both arms and screamed, ‘Mother, how can you do that? Those two words don’t belong together!’

    “I answered, ‘Yes they do, if...

  • Music transcends darkest hours in ‘Willesden Lane’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 11, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Malka and Abraham Jura faced a Solomonic decision in late 1938, as the Nazis were tightening the vise on the Jews of Vienna. The couple hoped to send their three daughters to safety but were able to wrangle only one place on the Kindertransport ferrying a limited number of Jewish...

  • Culture with a side of popcorn

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 11, 2012 | 11:45 am

    When the hit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” comes to Broadway this spring, I’ll be able to say I saw the London production. I also saw the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of “Don Giovanni” with the Polish tenor Mariusz Kwiecien. As for bragging rights, it’s hard to...

  • At home, on stage and screen

    by Evan Henderson

    March 15, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    Somewhere in Creede, Colo., en route to a mountain cabin in Santa Fe, N.M., Mandy Patinkin is above 10,000 feet. “If I sound stupid, it’s because there’s no oxygen up here,” he says.

    No chance of that. In fact, Patinkin — a legitimate star of stage, screen and song for...

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