Stella Adler

Stella Adler was born on New York City’s Lower East Side on this date in 1902 to Sara Adler (Levitskaya) and Jacob Adler, who were luminaries of the Yiddish stage; actress Celia Adler was her half-sister. Stella Adler was a child actor by four and a star in her own right by the 1920s, before studying Stanislavsky’s […]

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Bridging the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

NOA BAUM CAPTURES HER STAGE PERFORMANCE IN A BOOK by Helen Engelhardt Discussed in this essay: A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace, a theater performance and a book by Noa Baum. Familius, 2016, 264 pages. From the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   A VIVACIOUS woman with dark, curly hair and a warm […]

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Bopping in the Balkans, part 4

LOOKING AT AMERICA FROM SIX HOURS LATER by Lawrence Bush To read earlier installments search “Bopping” in the search engine at right. THE PATHETIC FALLACY is a term usually applied to literature that means the attribution of human feelings or intentions to inanimate things like the weather. It might be better known as “The Snoopy Fallacy,” after Charlie […]

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The Brothel-Owner and the Milkman

SHOLEM ASCH’S GOD OF VENGEANCE COMES TO LIFE by Susan Reimer-Torn ON MARCH 26, 1923, shortly before curtain time, the cast and producers of Sholem Asch’s play, God of Vengeance (pictured above) were arrested by a vice squad and thrown into jail to await trial on obscenity charges. The arrest took place fifteen days after […]

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The President’s Burqa

A SCENE FROM THE UNDERREPORTED LIFE OF DONALD TRUMP By Joel Schechter [Note:  The scene that follows is composed of alternative facts that have not yet been reported. It was first performed with puppets at the Internet Archive, San Francisco, on Febraury 17, 2017.] Narrator:  Our story begins with a recommendation from the President’s press […]

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Pence’s Dybbuk

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter [Note:  On February 22, Vice President Mike Pence visited a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis where gravestones had been desecrated. He helped a community group restore the headstones. The rest of the story is told here for the first time.] Trump:  I’m sending you to Missouri on a special […]

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The Auction, or How America Was Made Great Again

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter Characters: Auctioneer (eager, boyish, Paul Ryan type) Bidders 1, 2, 3  (banker,  real estate magnate, hedge fund manager, all looking like recent cabinet appointees seated in a hearing room) Setting:  U.S. House of Representatives — rented to an auction house for the morning. ________________________________________________________________ Auctioneer (bangs podium with gavel […]

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May 8: Opera and Cigars

Oscar Hammerstein, an inventor, musician, and theater impresario who built several important opera houses and rekindled that classical singing art in American culture, was born in Prussia on this date in 1846. He was an eager young musician who ran away to New York to evade his punitive father (Hammerstein sold his violin to pay […]

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