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APRIL 26, 2018 – What would the essence of Judaism be if there were only two Jews left? According to “Two Jews Walk Into a War,” which is playing at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown from April 28 to May 20, the answer may be comedy. Not just any form of comedy, mind you Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 - Christopher Isherwood compared himself to “a camera, with its shutter open” in his 1939 novel, “Goodbye to Berlin.” Director-choreographer Rachel Bertone’s powerfully disturbing revival of the pre-Holocaust Broadway musical, “Cabaret,” which was developed from Isherwood’s stories, is an important reflection of the fall of the Weimar Republic that led to the Read More

APRIL 26, 2018 - Local fans of Leonard Bernstein may associate him with his career-long connection with Tanglewood. The charismatic conductor, pianist, composer, and educator, who is being celebrated here and around the globe during the centennial year of his birth, was a student at the Berkshire Music Center in its  inaugural 1940 class. He Read More

APRIL 26, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – Film fans on the North Shore who love Jewish movies but don’t love driving over bridges or through tunnels to see them are in for a treat. From Tuesday, May 8, to Friday, May 18, the fifth annual JCC of the North Shore International Jewish Film Festival will bring 12 Read More

APRIL 12,  2018 - The Jewish contribution to cabaret looms virtually as large as that to the American musical, at least if the upcoming summer lineup at the Barrington Stage Company is any indication. The Pittsfield showplace has often featured music by William Finn, who grew up Jewish in Natick and won two Tony Awards Read More

APRIL 12, 2018 – GLOUCESTER – The eclectic musical amalgam that is the Andy Statman Trio builds from a klezmer-infused foundation, adds jazz progressions and syncopation, and mixes it up with bluegrass riffs and rhythms. That’s the music that Statman will be bringing to a special concert at Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester at 7:30 Read More

MARCH 29, 2018 – Igor Golyak sees theater as family. The Jewish artistic director, 39, and a 2002 graduate of the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow, has described his Needham-based Russian-American troupe, Arlekin Players, accordingly. “We have a family-type atmosphere in our theater just like in life,” he said. In his playbill welcome for Read More

MARCH 29, 2018 – Isaac Akiba keeps his life and his art in equilibrium. As the Jewish Boston Ballet soloist recently told the Journal, “I try to balance the busy [dance] season and staying close to my traditions.” As Passover approaches, Akiba continues to dance the featured role of Benvolio in many of the company’s Read More

MARCH 29, 2018 – Arts imitates life for Shelley Brown as she takes on the role of Rita, an overbearing Jewish mother, in Nicky Silver’s dark comedy “The Lyons,” which makes it’s Boston premiere April 19 at the Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. “I have two daughters. They are beautiful and Read More

MARCH 29, 2018 – SWAMPSCOTT – Don’t look for longtime Swampscott resident Joe Gold around town. He’s usually on the road, traveling with high-profile shows, circuses, museum exhibitions, and other attractions across the country. The 62-year-old married father of two sons is founder, president, and principal of the Gold Group. He specializes in marketing and Read More