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Possessed

A century ago, S. Ansky breathed new life into a shtetl folktale. His play, The Dybbuk, still captures creative minds.

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Asch’s Passion

A popular Yiddish novelist strove for immortality by taking on Jesus, but it cost him his core audience and made him a marked man

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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.?

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Popularity Contests

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

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Operation Shylock

F. Murray Abraham tackles theater’s most vexing villains

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Give ‘Em Hecht

A young Chicago newspaperman thought he was perfect for the part of his hero

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Waiting for Bessie

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

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Going It Alone

One-person shows dominate the Fringe festival

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Alienation Effect

Shadowtime seems to strive for difficulty for its own sake

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Off Broadway

A critic lambasts Tony Kushner as a self-loathing Jew for Caroline, or Change

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Fiddler Crabs

Preemptive strikes denounced an “ethnically cleansed” revival, and critics took the bait. But does nostalgia really honor tradition?

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