Arts & Life

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In its second D.C. run, ‘The Admission’ reveals its characters’ battle scars
BY Lisa Traiger
May 15, 2014

The recent Theater J workshop presentation of “The Admission” (which ended April 6) stirred plenty of controversy in the Jewish community, with Israeli playwright Motti Lerner hitting a nerve by questioning Israel’s founding narrative. On April 30, “The Admission” returned to Washington, D.C., with a limited-run production not affiliated with Theater J. Andy Shallal, owner CONTINUE »

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Eric Rosen directs Durang’s Chekhovian comedy at Center Stage
BY Simone Ellin
May 15, 2014

It was during a family Seder many years ago that theatrical director, producer and playwright Eric Rosen’s free-spirited Jewish father chose to break the news of his secret marriage to Rosen’s Southern Baptist mother. One can only imagine what Elijah must have observed when he visited the Rosen home that night. But whatever the prophet CONTINUE »

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Chicken-and-waffles recipe wins top prize
BY Ilene Spector
May 8, 2014

To choose the very best of the best, the Manischewitz All-Star Cookoff began with the finalists from its past seven contests. From these, four were chosen. They submitted recipes for some of the most delicious creations I have ever tasted — and I have tasted a lot of food from contest recipes! The final Manischwewitz CONTINUE »

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Improv troupe brings uninhibited performance to inaugural Charm City Comedy festival
BY Marc Shapiro Photos by David Stuck
May 1, 2014

To a clueless onlooker, it might look like the members of Elf Magic are engaged in live-action, spontaneous beat poetry. “I’m a Cup O’ Noodles!” “I’m a fork!” “I’m a spoon!” “I’m a knife!” “Knife stays.” “I’m a knife!” “I’m O.J. Simpson!” “I’m a glove!” “Glove stays.” The warm-up, called “I’m a Tree,” which began CONTINUE »

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From ‘Star Trek’ to one-man show, William Shatner stays in the limelight
BY Robert Gluck, JNS.org
May 1, 2014

On April 24, audiences around the country had the chance to feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” For one night only, Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World” — which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia and CONTINUE »