Nature of American Judaism in a nutshell Theater J’s season opener, “The Last Schwartz,” shows a family that won’t go down without a fight

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

Satchmo’s 50-50 split Mosaic Theater Company mines the relationship between the incomparable jazz artist and his shrewd Jewish manager

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