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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

The 2019 New Jewish Theatre production of ’Brighton Beach Memoirs.’ Photo: Greg Lazerwitz

2019 was a very “haimish” year for St. Louis theater

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light January 16, 2020

Maybe I’m just super-aware of these things. But I can’t be the only one to have noticed that on stages around St. Louis, 2019 seemed exceptionally . . . Jewish.And we’re not just talking schmaltz. This was challenging, high-quality theater,  beautifully...

Will Bonfiglio stars in the New Jewish Theatre production of the one-man play ‘Fully Committed,’  which runs through Dec. 22. 

Will Bonfiglio is ‘Fully Committed’ in sharp one-man comedy at NJT

BY JUDITH NEWMARK, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT December 12, 2019

In 2017, Will Bonfiglio won the St. Louis Theater Circle Award for outstanding actor in a comedy for his performance in “Buyer and Cellar,” a one-man show at Stray Dog. He portrayed an unemployed actor who goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s private...

Jon Marans

An updated ‘Paint Your Wagon’ is en route to the Muny

BY JUDITH NEWMARK, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT July 18, 2019

If you know Jon Marans strictly as the author of “Old Wicked Songs,” the Muny has a surprise in store for you, a surprise called “Paint Your Wagon.”True, the musical about the California Gold Rush is not an obvious follow-up to the sensitive,...

Bob Gerchen

Great Big Challah Bake; Joe Cocker tribute; Judy Newmark

October 11, 2018

Knead to knowThe annual Great Big Challah Bake is still taking place this year — only virtually. Local organizers Rene Price and Barbara Strashun explained that due to personal issues, they weren’t able to plan one enormous event so they decided on...

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