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Ruby Dee’s Jewish Turn

The actress saw her 1953 role in The World of Sholom Aleichem as formative

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Meyer Levin’s Anne Frank

A controversial radio play of the famous diary—rejected in 1952 as too Jewish—gets a second airing

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L’Antisémite, Banned at Cannes

A new French film is worth watching if only for its portrayal of aesthetic corruption propelled by bigotry

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Mother Tongue

A passionate, crusading Yiddisher tries to keep the Eastern European language alive in the cosmopolitan center of the Jewish state

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Darling Wendy

A breathless biography of Wendy Wasserstein hints at the tensions in the playwright’s life but, like its subject, fails to confront them

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Upstaged

Our celebrity-obsessed culture is depriving children of the lessons learned through playing bit parts

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Foretold

The Israeli actor and activist Juliano Mer-Khamis, born to a Jewish mother and a Palestinian father, was murdered in the West Bank yesterday, but his legacy of peace, art, and cooperation must live on

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The Yiddish Robin Hood

New musical has a greedy Jew, but in the neighborly way

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Everything’s Coming Up Moses

Songs from Tablet Magazine’s ‘Gypsy’-inspired Passover musical

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Sex, Kabbalah, and the Academy at Fringe

NYC theater festival starts this week

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Writer’s Heirs Duke It Out

Ferenc Molnar was a Hungarian Jewish novelist

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Is ‘Nazi Soap’ a Myth?

Play suggests no; historian says yes

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Sundown: Madoff Stole My Savings

And all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Sundown: Anne Frank, Not So Bitter

Anne at 80, chattering teeth, and a lox recall

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Curtain Up

Benjamin Harshav explores the Moscow Yiddish Theater

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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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