Crossover Stars

The flamboyant pioneers of New York’s Yiddish theater crossed continents, genders, and coasts

This Old House

Shmuel Hasfari’s long-running The Master of the House is a smash hit in Tel Aviv. Can it make it in the O.C.?

Let’s Put on a Show

Daily Show writer Rob Kutner started putting on an annual Purimspiel five years ago. He discusses his rowdy and popular parody with Sara Ivry.

Venetian Bind

Four rarely-seen plays echo

Popularity Contests

Composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown hasn’t always had an easy time fitting in. Neither have his characters.

Operation Shylock

F. Murray Abraham tackles theater’s most vexing villains

Spirited Away

How a cassette from a Spanish flea market made a Westchester girl fall in love with flamenco

Family Fortune

After Fiddler and The Apple Tree, Harnick and Bock took on a different challenge

Way Up in the Gods

Luba Kadison, once a member of famed Yiddish theater company the Vilna Troupe, reminisces about her past

Waiting for Bessie

Seven decades after Stella Adler originated the role, will Clifford Odets’ Bronx matriarch be harder to digest, or easier to dismiss?

Melting Point

British playwright Israel Zangwill coined America’s most enduring metaphor as his reputation dissolved in controversy

Stage Fright

The children’s opera Brundibar inspires and terrifies


A comedienne’s special kind of holiday cheer

All in the Family

Why is Mike Leigh’s family drama less powerful than Everybody Loves Raymond?

Going It Alone

One-person shows dominate the Fringe festival

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