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‘Hello, Dolly!’ at Theatre By The Sea PDF Print E-mail
By Nancy Abeshaus   
Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00

Cady Huffman , center ,  rehearses with fellow cast members for “Hello Dolly.” Source: Theatre by  the seaCady Huffman , center , rehearses with fellow cast members for “Hello Dolly.” Source: Theatre by the seaMATUNUCK – You don’t have to be Jewish to bring Dolly Gallagher Levi, one of the most famous characters in Broadway history, to life. It takes only a moment with Tony Award winning actress Cady Huffman to appreciate why “Hello, Dolly!” remains one of America’s most enduring and endearing musicals. Huffman stars as Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” now playing at Theatre By The Sea. Huffman took a break from rehearsing to talk with The Voice & Herald.

 

 
‘Steal a Pencil for Me’ screened at JCCRI PDF Print E-mail
By Nancy Abeshaus   
Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00

From left, Rachel  Woda, Marisa Garber, Leslie Sax, Mindy Stone, Jack Polak, Ina Polak and  Ann Durham at the screening of “Steal a Pencil for Me.”From left, Rachel Woda, Marisa Garber, Leslie Sax, Mindy Stone, Jack Polak, Ina Polak and Ann Durham at the screening of “Steal a Pencil for Me.”

“Jack’s unwavering love gave Ina the strength to face unspeakable conditions of life in the camps.”

 

 
Review: Jewish women are twice different PDF Print E-mail
By Marcy Brink-Danan   
Saturday, 23 January 2010 00:00

Portrait of Toni  Stopler, 1924, from Alison Rose’s book, Jewish Women in Fin de Siècle  ViennaPortrait of Toni Stopler, 1924, from Alison Rose’s book, Jewish Women in Fin de Siècle ViennaWHEN MY toddler, Ari, asked if the “Christmas man” was coming to our house, I felt obliged to teach him about difference. I immediately deployed an arsenal of our Jewish family memories – baking challah for Shabbat, lighting Hanukkah candles, reading PJ Library books – to deflect his Christmas envy. In another conversation, Ari casually exclaimed (to my horror),”Girls are pretty; boys are smart!”

 

 
Yehuda Amichai: Through the lens of heartbreak PDF Print E-mail
By Adam Kirsch   
Saturday, 23 January 2010 00:00

YEHUDA AMICHAI, left and  right, is considered Israel’s greatest poet. His collection of poetry,  center, covers more than four decades of his verses.YEHUDA AMICHAI, left and right, is considered Israel’s greatest poet. His collection of poetry, center, covers more than four decades of his verses.NEW YORK (NEXTBOOK) – When Hollywood scouts look for new books to turn into screenplays, they probably don’t spend much time with the catalog of Brandeis University Press. But underneath the scholarly surface of Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel’s National Poet, by Nili Scharf Gold, lies a blockbuster just waiting for the right director to come along.

Imagine a cross between Possession and Exodus – a story of love and literary detective work set against the backdrop of Israel’s War of Independence, complete with hidden love letters, tragic partings, and heroic battles. That the hero of the story is Yehuda Amichai, Israel’s greatest poet and one of the major writers of the 20th century, is just the icing on the cake.

 
Awake and Sing! Jewish family drama from the Bronx PDF Print E-mail
By Fran Ostendorf   
Saturday, 23 January 2010 00:00

AWAKE AND SING!, as  performed by the Gamm Theatre actors, is a show with relevance today.AWAKE AND SING!, as performed by the Gamm Theatre actors, is a show with relevance today.

CLIFFORD ODETS’ Awake and Sing! is an American classic. And, it’s a story with refreshing relevance to today’s tough economic times. Written in 1935, it follows the struggles of a Depressionera Jewish family in the Bronx. They are a classic New York working-class Jewish family of the era. They talk about the war; they complain about how things aren’t like they used to be; they whine about the importance of having (or not having) a dollar.

 

 

 
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