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Is Neil Simon still funny? (Hint: This may be a trick question.)

Jackson Arn, The ForwardPublished April 13, 2022

Sometimes you revisit the humor of the past and come away gasping for oxygen. Evelyn Waugh? Dawn Powell? “Bringing Up Baby?” “Ninotchka?” “His Girl Friday?” Society has come a long way in the last couple of decades, but when I think of...

Two Lives to Remember, Two Legacies to Honor

Two Lives to Remember, Two Legacies to Honor

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished August 30, 2018

A Legacy of Honor and Courage…Sen. John McCain knew he was dying of an aggressive form of brain cancer when he published his affecting memoir “The Restless Wave.”  With characteristic McCain modesty, he said he was grateful to have been “a bit...

Neil Simon in 1966. Photo: World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna/Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Award-winning playwright Neil Simon dies at 91

JTAPublished August 26, 2018

(JTA) — Playwright Neil Simon, known for such Broadway hits as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” and “Lost in Yonkers,” has died.Simon, who earned a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, died overnight Saturday at New York-Presbyterian...

Celebrating achievements, entertainment

By Lois CaplanPublished May 23, 2012

COLLEGE BOUND’S CAP AND GOWN BALL on Saturday, June 9 celebrates an outstanding accomplishment. Six years ago, 36 students enrolled for a better future in College Bound, a new St. Louis based non-profit that empowers local at-risk high school students...

NJT’s production of ‘The Immigrant’ won four Kevin Kline Awards, more than any other single production.

New Jewish Theatre announces lineup for next season

Published May 2, 2012

The New Jewish Theatre has announced its 2012-2013 lineup, featuring five plays — including dramas by Neil Simon and David Mamet and a play based on a novel by Israeli writer Yonatan Ben Nachum.The NJT, which recently won six Kevin Kline Awards for...

Peter Mayer and Bobby Miller star in the New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘The Value of Names,’ which runs through April 1.

NJT’s ‘Value of Names’—short, strong and timely

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished March 21, 2012

In the “Sayings of the Sages,” it is said, “There are three crowns: the crown of learning, the crown of priesthood and the crown of royalty; but greater than any of these is the crown of  a good name” (Tractate 4:13).  The New Jewish Theatre’s...

The cast rehearses ‘Awake and Sing!’ last week. From left are Aaron Orion Baker, Julie Layton, Bobby Miller, Gary Wayne Barker and Elizabeth Ann Townsend. Photo:  Lisa Mandel

Theatrical collaboration

BY PATRICIA CORRIGAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished April 21, 2011

In the Great Depression, Clifford Odets wrote "Awake and Sing!," a play about a family's responses to challenges that sound eerily familiar. Kathleen Sitzer, artistic director of the New Jewish Theatre, ticks off those challenges: A broken economy, war...

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