Theatre

Immigrants stories told in ‘Amerike – The Golden Land’

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

For the third year in a row the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine (NYTF) has presented a major theatrical production in Yiddish at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. This time out, it is “Amerike – The Golden Land,” a piece...
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Summer Lyric ends season with great ‘Gypsy’

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By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

With the final production of its 50th anniversary year, Summer Lyric Theatre (SLT) at Tulane has pulled off an amazing series under the helm of artistic director Michael McKelvey and “Gypsy” is the cherry on top of its sweet confectionary of Broadway...
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Tony Award winning ‘Indecent’ finishing its Broadway run

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By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out“)

Near the beginning of Indecent, the one-act ensemble piece by Paula Vogel, which netted director Rebecca Taichman her first Tony Award, the character of Lemml, the Stage Manager (Richard Topol), peers into the darkness enveloping the theater audience and announces “Every night...
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Cosmetic moguls’ rivalry revealed in ‘War Paint’

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By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out“)

What truly establishes “War Paint” as one of the most unusual Broadway experiences is that rarely are two Tony Award winning actresses allowed to share the stage with one another and stand strongly pound-for-pound, song-by-song next to each other and sing and...
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Artists ask Lincoln Center to boycott play supported by Israeli government

(JTA) — A group of more than 60 artists has called on Lincoln Center to retract a play that has backing from the Israeli government.

The play, “To the End of the Land,” is a part of the Lincoln Center Festival at the famed arts complex in New York. It...
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Producers for ‘Indecent’ change their minds; hold show till August

In a rare decision, the producers of “Indecent,” the Tony Award-winning play that describes the controversial mounting of Sholom Aleichem’s play in the 1920s, have decided to rescind their closing notice that would have shuttered the play in early July.

The decision has been made to keep the play running...
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SLT’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ a surefire hit

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By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

For those who truly love classic Broadway theatre, there are few shows that pack as much firepower as Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun.” It was a tour de force for Ethel Merman, perhaps the greatest belter known on the Great White...
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‘Oslo,’ Bette Midler and Ben Platt take Tony Awards

(JTA) — “Oslo,” a play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, won the Tony Award for best new play and its Jewish lead actor, Michael Aronov, was recognized as best featured actor in a play.

Bette Midler, the veteran Jewish actress and singer, won for best actress in a musical for...
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Tonys 2017: The 7 Jewish shows to watch

(JTA) — This Sunday is the biggest night of the year for theater lovers: It’s the Tony Awards.

Unfortunately, our crystal ball is at the shop for repairs — so we can’t say with certainty who the winners will be. But there’s one thing that’s for sure: The past year has...
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‘Yiddishe Shtunde’ concluding its run Sat. night

“Yiddishe Shtunde,” a play written by Elliott Raisen and based on the old Yiddish radio shows he grew up with in New York, will enjoy its final two performances tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at the Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Avenue.

The play with some...
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