|"Guess Who's Coming To Seder? A Delicious New Musical"||Avg. Rating: None | Rate this|
|By Randi Michaels Block|
What do you get when you mix nine neurotic people from seven different religions with twenty bottles of wine and a few Hebrew prayers that no one can actually read? You get “Guess Who’s Coming To Seder? A Delicious New Musical!”
Guess Who’s Coming To Seder? is the story of Sarah Friedman, who decides to hold her first Passover Seder dinner in honor of her deceased parents, for eight of her friends: none of whom are Jewish. As the Seder progresses and the wine flows, hilarious and poignant confessions reveal personal truths and conflicts about love, friendship, faith and the pursuit of freedom. The contemporary score covers the spectrum of theater, pop, rock and R&B. The show is presented in one act with thirteen songs.
The first readings were held in August 2011 at The Darkhorse Theater in Nashville to standing room only and standing ovations. In March 2012, it had its New York City debut in an off Broadway staged reading at The York Theater, which also resulted in a standing ovation. In May 2012, it had a two week run in s non-Equity production at The Tulsa Theater Project.
|...for you were a stranger...||Avg. Rating: | Rate this|
|By Donna Blue Lachman|
What do the biblical characters Sara and Hagar have to do with medieval Spain or the Middle East in 1967? A whole lot more than people realize. A spiritual and politically provocative play, "for you were strangers" traces the intertwined lives of a Jewish woman and a Muslim woman through 4,000 years of history in an exploration of the ancient origins of the Jewish-Arab conflict -- turning on its head the patriarchal view, that Sara was jealous of Hagar, in order to understand what happened to these two mothers.
-- Adapted from Cathleen Falsani, Chicago Sun -- Times January 20th, 2004
|...from man, to beast, to crawling thing...||Avg. Rating: None | Rate this|
|By Yale Strom|
6 actors and 4 musicians
"...from man, to beast, to crawling thing..." is a play that has two stories that are told on stage. One story takes place in late June 1945 with two concentration camp survivors walking back to the same village in the Carpathian Ukraine (then Soviet Union) after having been liberated. The Jewish character Yankl is hoping to find his younger brother and the Rom (Gypsy) character Janos is hoping to find his son in the same village Svajlava. Their story deals with happy memories of pre-War Svajlava, German occupation, family loss, concentration camp life and how does one rebuild their life after such a calamity? The other story takes place today and is about a young Jewish man (estranged from his Judaism) in his early 20's who is doing research for a Hollywood film about a Gypsy and his music in the Carpathian Ukraine. He is about to leave for the U.S. when he meets an old Jewish man who convinces him (against his better wishes) to come over his home for lunch. At the end of the play both stories meet at the end suddenly and dramatically. While these stories are being played out on the stage there are four musicians who interact with the two different stories being played. They act as the Greek chorus commenting on the dialogue being said through song, music while wearing different masks and costumes.
This is the first time a play has looked at the relationship between the only 2 minorities the Germans wanted to exterminate - the Jews and Rom - and how they related to each other before, during and after the war. Also its the first play to tell the story of renewal. How and why did those survivors chose to return and rebuild their lives in their hometowns?
|1001 Chickens||Avg. Rating: | Rate this|
|By Carla Silen, Book Author Carla Silen, Lyric Author Linda Kaufman, Music Author|
13m, 16w, 5m/w (chorus). Doubling possible.
Blossom of Chelm is constantly dreaming of fairy tale romances and yearning for adventure. When she's sent to care for the world-famous Sages Three, she hopes to realize her secret ambitions, but the bumbling know-alls quickly sour her anticipations. When the King of Chelm seeks the sages' counsel to save his son from a ludicrous death sentence, Blossom seizes the opportunity to claim her desired destiny. From the book by Seymour Rossel.
|2||Avg. Rating: | Rate this|
|By Romulus Linney|
Cast: 9 men, 1 woman, 1 girl: 11 total
April, 1945. The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials against the leaders of Nazi Germany are about to begin. Hermann Goering, in the place of Adolf Hitler, leads the accused and with his German counsel, prepares his defense. Drug free and healthy from a spartan imprisonment, Goering is once again the formidable man who more than any other made Hitler Chancellor of Germany and built the engines of the Third Reich. He defies the Tribunal with wit and ferocity, refuses to blame Hitler for his actions, denies the right of any conqueror to fairly prosecute the conquered, and foretells a disturbing future for crimes of war. As the horrors of what he is responsible for come to light, he demonically refuses to accept them as anything but the natural consequences of human conflict, and after manipulating his own suicidal escape from hanging, asks the audience, "What do you think men are?"
An exploration of the historical events surrounding Hermann Goering and the Nuremberg Trials in 1945, which offers to help us understand how we allow and view the events of today.
"2 is theater as it should be." -- Advocate. "What is strongest about the playis Mr. Linney's perspective on history and its lessonshe has done substantial research and then with an artist's eye analyzed the reality behind the myth." -- NY Times.
"2is an imaginative creation in documentary style of a character in the grip of the totalitarian mind-setRomulus Linney's revisionist history emerged as the leading contender for international attention." -- Philadelphia Inquirer.
|2 1/2 Jews||Avg. Rating: None | Rate this|
|By Alan Brandt|
"Nathan Minter is one of those overbearing men who believe that success in their chosen professions makes them, without further effort, successful sons, husbands and fathers. As Alan Brandt sets out to demonstrate in 2 1/2 JEWS, his understanding and compassionate debut play, which bares a man's flaws but shies from tragedy, Nathan Minter is a winner as a humanitarian lawyer but a loser in his personal relationships. Oh, his 78-year old immigrant father, Morris, may refer to him as the `Jewish Clarence Darrow,' and his Yale-educated son, Marc, may call him the `Albert Schweitzer of the legal profession,' but the descriptions are drenched in bitterness.... 2 1/2 JEWS, sprinkled with lighthearted moments, remains an easy-to-watch cautionary tale." Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times
"Winning hit comedy...a happy surprise" NY1-TV
"A triple mitzvah!"? New York Law Journal
|2 Samuel 11, etc.||Avg. Rating: None | Rate this|
|By David Greenspan|
In the first act, a character ultimately identified as the Author, struggles to make a play out of the of the biblical story of David and Bathsheba. The first act is a monologue for the character of Bathsheba in which she not only narrates her seduction by King David, but gives voice to the Author's erotic fantasies. The second act finds the Author in the shower. Confined to that space, he portrays 11 characters, acting out the contemporary story of Margot, her life and relationships over a period of 28 years. The plot recirculates when Margot's daughter describes how a friend of her is seduced by an older man. The details indicate the young man is the Author, and his experience resembles his rendition of the David and Bathsheba story.
|2.5 Minute Ride||Avg. Rating: None | Rate this|
|By Lisa Kron|
2.5 MINUTE RIDE (AND 101 MOST HUMILIATING STORIES)
This book collects Lisa Kron's two extraordinary solo performance works. Best known for her ongoing work as a member of The Five Lesbian Brothers, Kron's solo pieces are very personal examinations of both herself and her family history. This is singularly clear in 2.5 Minute Ride, where her writing deftly maneuvers between the tragic drama of the Holocaust and the wry comedy of her family's attempts to pursue pleasure at the local amusement park. This critically acclaimed work played to sold out audience for over six months at New York's Public Theatre. Also included is the riotous 101 Most Humiliating Stories, which first premiered in 1993, and in fact only consists of seventeen tales but each, as the author observes, has several humiliations. It recounts the adventures and misadventures of a self-described Big Lesbian as she tests the boundaries of decorum in social and professional situations.
|3 Seconds in the Key||Avg. Rating: None | Rate this|
|By Deb Margolin|
THREE SECONDS IN THE KEY is a full-length play for 7 or 8 actors, in which a woman and her son survive the mother's illness by watching basketball games on television together. Borrowing the bodies of these strong men, with the mother so ill and the boy so young, they somehow come to grips with love, mortality and being passionate fans of a team that's losing. One of the players of the New York Knicks comes out of the television and into the Mother's life, using tough love, basketball instruction, flirtation, prayer and inspiration to encourage her back into her body and equip her to fight for her life.