Jews don’t have these problems. Maybe they should.
There’s a new-ish Jewish theater in town. Peace Mountain Theatre Company is in its third year of producing in Potomac. In residence at Congregation Har Shalom, the troupe was founded by congregant Laurie Freed, a long-time actor, director and theater educator. She named the theater Peace Mountain because that’s what Har Shalom means in English…. Read More
Deborah Zoe Laufer’s comedy with a dark underbelly navigates the heights and depths of a Jewish family gathering for their father’s first yahrzeit. The play, written in 1999, makes its regional premiere in the Goldman Theater of the Edlavitch DCJCC through Oct. 2. This season opener is tautly directed by newly appointed artistic director Adam… Read More
With a sandpapery rasp in his voice and crystalline high Cs emanating from his trumpet, Louis Armstrong changed American music with his happy-go-lucky stage persona and his incomparable musicianship. But his backstage life isn’t as well known or understood. As he brought his brand of popular jazz to mainstream, primarily white audiences during the most… Read More
Remember Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out?” It was about an 11-year-old girl, Riley, and the five primary emotions raging inside her: Joy and Sadness, Fear and Disgust. And Lewis Black. Sorry. We meant there was Anger. It’s an easy mistake to make. From railing against AT&T (“It’s a [phone] carrier in the same way… Read More
Helen Murray Pafumi didn’t intend to write a Jewish play, when she set out to create “Redder Blood,” which is premiering this month at The Hub Theatre in Fairfax, Va., where she is a co-founder and artistic director. (See review here.) “I don’t think from a Jewish perspective most of the time in programming or… Read More