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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...
Amnon Weinstein is one of the world’s most respected violinmakers. His talented, weathered hands give new voice to silenced instruments. They fight a greater silence in the process. That struggle is his life’s work. It’s a great work. But it had a small beginning. In 1996, a man asked Weinstein to restore a violin played by a Jewish concentration camp...
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Beautiful — part biography, part jukebox musical — opened in San Francisco in 2013 before transferring to Broadway the following year. The show has netted two Tony awards and a further five nominations. It also won a 2015 Grammy Award for best musical theatre album, and two Laurence Olivier gongs. Drawing on a song catalogue of extraordinary breadth and depth, the...
New Yiddish Rep (NYR) is bringing back by popular demand the controversial classic “God of Vengeance” for a special encore running for two weeks at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, from Tues March 14 to Monday March 27.  The break-out production, which was a NY Times Critics’ Pick and sold out its limited run at La Mama...

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