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Matisyahu has gone through some drastic changes in recent years, and this was the capper. In 2011, he’d shaved his beard and announced that he was backing away from Hasidic Judaism, a decision that caused some trouble for Orthodox fans. He then quit working with record labels, with whom he had produced one Top 40 song, “King Without a...

Review: ‘Bad Jews’ will make you laugh, cringe and think

How fitting that the Actors’ Warehouse would select “Bad Jews” as the first offering in its classy new venue — a former church on Northeast First Street that has long since been repurposed from house of worship to more or less secular pursuits. If you approach the title of Joshua Harmon’s dark comedy with some trepidation, rest assured, you will...

Jewish music for any soul

For the 8th season, clarinetist Paul Green will bring Jewish music to the Berkshires with an international mix of chamber works and song. His "Summer Celebration of Jewish Music" brings together an ensemble that includes Williams College music faculty Doris Stevenson on piano and Nathaniel Parke on cello — Green also teaches clarinet at the storied school — along with...
Steve Solomon has made a successful career out of talking about his family. The one-man show he created and stars in, “My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, & I'm in Therapy!” — which he will bring to Greensburg's Palace Theatre on June 11 — has had 4,000 performances and is one of the longest-running off-Broadway productions to date. The show played...
Why do people have to take controversial issues so seriously? In a world where every political debate turns into a new reason to abuse barbiturates, it feels like it's time for everyone to just calm down and laugh. A sense of levity may not have been choreographer and performer Hillel Kogan's primary reason for creating We Love Arabs, but...
Theater fans who’d like to see a Broadway show before New Yorkers do will have their chance with the world premiere of “Jew Store (The Musical),” at the Aronoff this weekend. “Jew Store (The Musical),” is based on the slightly fictionalized memoir by Stella Suberman, whose parents, both Russian-Jewish immigrants, moved from New York (their original destination) to a small...
Journalists writing about a play usually aren’t invited to see the actors perform until opening night. But 11 days before the Toronto premiere of Bad Jews, Joshua Harmon’s hit play, I arrive at the Small World Music Centre to watch a rehearsal. The stage is bare, except for two chairs, where actors Rebecca Applebaum, who plays Daphna, and Kristopher Turner...
A new arrangement of a powerful composition conveying the horrors of war, written by a Toronto musician while he was interned in a displaced persons’ camp in 1946, will premiere at the Jewish Music Week festival in Toronto. The original performance of Leo Spellman’s Rhapsody 1939-1945 took place in 1947 at Furstenfeldbruck, a displaced persons’ camp in Germany, and was...
Friends and family intertwine within the music career of clarinetist Franklin Cohen. A local audience will get to experience the friendship during the final concert of the 2016-2017 season of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit (CMSD). The program will offer a reunion of sorts as Cohen performs one of three Brahms selections with long-known members of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson...
NEW YORK — “Oslo” and “Indecent” were nominated for Tony Awards for best play, and Bette Midler heads a slew of Jewish talent up for Broadway theater’s top honor. “Oslo” chronicles the back-room talks that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and the Palestinians. “Indecent,” written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, tells the story behind...

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