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Paramount Aurora FIDDLER

Anatevka is alive and well on the Fox River A new Anatevka has sprung to life on the shores of the Fox River, and the cast and crew are getting thunderous applause from audiences and rave reviews from critics. Are there any Jewish readers anywhere who need me to describe Anatevka?  Well, just in case, here […]

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WMFC: Daniel Kahn

From Tzivi’s September ’12 Spotlight: Paul Mazursky was born in Brooklyn in 1930. Daniel Kahn was born in Detroit in 1978. No, Mazursky and Kahn are not related, but they do share a playfully subversive sensibility across the generations. In 2005, Kahn moved to Berlin where he became a member of the suddenly exploding European […]

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SHYLOCK & HIS DAUGHTER

The main production of First Folio Theatre‘s annual “Shakespeare under the Stars” this year is The Merchant of Venice. But having already invested in sets and costumes for Merchant, Managing Director David Rice decided to double-down. In addition to full productions of Merchant (which opened July 11 and runs through August 19), First Folio will […]

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FFT’s Shylock

My piece on First Folio Theater’s production of Shylock and His Daughter is now live on the JUF website: http://www.juf.org/news/arts.aspx?id=416229 Me being me, I fell down another rabbit hole last night, working into the early morning hours. This time I needed dates: was this play performed pre-Holocaust or post-Holocaust? I had to answering this question […]

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Hip-Hop Miri

From March ’12 Spotlight: Last month, I told you how much I loved Miri Ben-Ari’s CD The Trip to Beautiful. So with mellow jazz in mind, I headed to her concert at Lincoln Hall in February. But what a surprise-Ben-Ari has now transformed herself into a hip-hop artist, using her dazzling violin skills in the […]

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Miri Ben-Ari Concert

From Feb ’12 Spotlight: Award-winning Israeli jazz violinist Miri Ben-Ari will headline a fundraiser at Lincoln Hall on Thurs, Feb 9 at 8 p.m. The beneficiaries are the American Friends of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled, the American Friends of Magen David Adom, and the Anti-Defamation League. I love Miri’s CD The Temple […]

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Troika Fiddler (2012)

Just received a Facebook message from Barbi McGuire (who plays “Yente the Matchmaker” in the new Troika touring company). December’s holiday break is over & the Troika troupe is back on the road again, beginning the second leg of their nationwide tour tomorrow in Overland Park, KS. Note a photo of Barbi (below) in her civies having brunch […]

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Kosher Cabaret

From Tzivi’s January ’12 Spotlight: West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest packed their Social Hall on December 3rd for a bravura performance by the New Budapest Orpheum Society. Joining beloved local baritone Stewart Figa on stage were mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and musicians Dan Davis, Iordanka Kissiova, Ilya Levinson, Mark Sonksen, and Don Stille. […]

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Joan Rivers NSCPA ’11

From Nov ’11 Spotlight: “Welcome to my world! I’ve been through it all… and I feel I am the luckiest woman on the planet.” So says Joan Rivers on the homepage of her new website. Transforming herself from “Joan Molinsky” (a nice Jewish girl with a Phi Betta Kappa key from Barnard College), Rivers has […]

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Fiddler in Regina, SK

A new Fiddler on the Roof is heading towards our Auditorium Theatre at Congress and Michigan, and the “Broadway in Chicago” folks are flooding the airwaves with promo information. But times are hard and tickets are expensive. What to do? The received wisdom is that the 1971 screen adaptation is “elaborately faithful and musically nearly […]

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