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An image from Dear Jack, Dear Louise at New Jewish Theatre. Photo: Jon Gitchoff

St. Louis Jewish couples spill their secrets to long, happy marriages

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 16, 2022

As Jewish Light critic Judith Newmark wrote in her recent review of the New Jewish Theatre's current production of "Dear Jack, Dear Louise": The audiences most apt to appreciate “Dear Jack, Dear Louise” are baby boomers, people whose parents lived...

An image from Dear Jack, Dear Louise at New Jewish Theatre. Photo: Jon Gitchoff

NJT review: Love at the speed of snail mail

JUDITH NEWMARK, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 12, 2022

The audiences most apt to appreciate “Dear Jack, Dear Louise” are baby boomers, people whose parents lived through World War Two. But let’s hope that some of them bring their teenaged grandchildren along. They might be fascinated by the New Jewish...

Ryan Lawson-Maeske and Molly Diane Burris perform in New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise.’  Photo: Jon Gitchoff

The New Jewish Theatre has a “sweetheart” of a promotion

Published June 6, 2022

The J’s New Jewish Theatre will continue its 24thseason in June with the romantic comedy, Dear Jack, Dear Louise from June 9 – 26, 2022. The show follows the tremendous success of the season’s last show, Laughter on the 23rd floor. “I am so...

Jacob Flekier in the New Jewish Theatre production of Neil Simons Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Photo: Jon Gitchoff

Neil Simon comedy reminds us how fun in-person theater can be

JUDITH NEWMARK, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 26, 2022

A Jew who escaped the Third Reich gets to New York. What should he do there? What else? Write comedy! That man, Val, is portrayed with aplomb and a zesty Yiddish accent by Aaron Mermelstein in the New Jewish Theatre’s production of “Laughter on...

New Jewish Theatre will revisit Neill Simons Laughter on the 23rd Floor for the opening of its 2022 season. Above: A photo of the cast of NJTs 2010 production of the play. (John Lamb)

New Jewish Theatre postpones opening of its 24th season

Published January 11, 2022

The New Jewish Theatre has postponed performances of its 24th season kickoff show, “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” which was originally scheduled to open Jan. 20. The new start date is Feb. 10. “We have been monitoring the situation with the Omicron...

New Jewish Theatre will revisit Neill Simons Laughter on the 23rd Floor for the opening of its 2022 season. Above: A photo of the cast of NJTs 2010 production of the play. (John Lamb)

NJT opening 24th Season with Neil Simon show

Published January 5, 2022

The New Jewish Theatre will open up its five-show 24th season with a Neil Simon classic comedy. “We chose to open our season with this play because of its unique humor and because it allows us to continue our exploration of America’s most prolific...

Edward Coffield, New Jewish Theatre’s Artistic Director 

New Jewish Theatre announces lineup for 2020-21 season

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished March 12, 2020

He had me at “Crossing Delancey.”That was my response when Eddie Coffield shared the lineup for the New Jewish Theatre’s 2020-21 season, beginning in October. Coffield is artistic director of NJT, which is part of the Jewish Community Center.Although...

Wendy Kout is the playwright of ‘We Are the Levinsons,’ coming to the New Jewish Theatre March 19-April 5.

‘Levinsons’ writer embraces Jewish ‘legacy of laughter’

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 12, 2020

Editor's update (March 16): The New Jewish Theatre has postponed "We Are The Levinsons" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be rescheduled for later this summer. When Wendy Kout, author of “We Are the Levinsons,” a touching comedy opening March...

Gary Wayne Barker and Courtney Bailey Parker in the New Jewish Theatre production of ‘District Merchants.’   

A Standing O for NJT

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished February 27, 2020

A record 21 nominations for the New Jewish Theatre in the 2020 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards shows that the local drama scene is catching up with what many of us have known for a long time: The troupe’s performances are first-rate.The honors for...

Edward Coffield, New Jewish Theatre’s Artistic Director 

NJT receives record 21 nominations for St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITORPublished February 13, 2020

The New Jewish Theatre received a record 21 nominations for the 2020 St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards for outstanding achievement in St. Louis Professional Theatre, the organization announced Feb. 7. Their previous high was 12 nominations for plays performed...

Amy Loui and Spencer Sickmann perform in New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘My Name Is Asher Lev.’  

Artistic genius clashes with Hasidism in ‘Asher Lev’ at New Jewish Theatre

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished January 30, 2020

A deeply affecting production at the New Jewish Theater of “My Name is Asher Lev” compellingly paints a vivid picture of the clash between a revered Hasidic rabbi and his artistic prodigy son, whose God given gifts are both brilliant and blasphemous.Caught...

Spencer Sickman stars in “My Name Is Asher Lev at the New Jewish Theatre. Photo: Greg Lazerwitz 

Bringing ‘Asher Lev’ to the stage

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 24, 2020

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has said he loved “My Name Is Asher Lev.” The novel’s author, Chaim Potok, heard similar reactions from readers in India – in fact, from readers all over the world.Neither the Latinx theater artist nor...

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