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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Max & Louie Productions brings Tiny Beautiful Things to the stage July 29-Aug. 8. Photo: Dan Donovan

Lived advice from the heart animates ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief July 25, 2021

Sydnie Grosberg Ronga wasn’t supposed to be directing “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar” because the play, presented by Max & Louie Productions, was supposed to be performed last summer. Of course, we know that...

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 Light 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...

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 Emeritus 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...

Barrett Foa and Ben Cherry in The Rep’s production of ‘Angels in America.’ Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Rep opens season with breathtaking production of ‘Angels in America’

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus September 13, 2019

Hana S. Sharif has launched her first season as artistic director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis with a breathtaking production of Tony Kushner’s magnum opus, “Angels in America.” That the 25-year-old play still resonates today is a credit...

Steven Woolf spent 33 years as artistic director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Photo courtesy The Rep

Retiring Rep leader Steve Woolf reflects on life in the theater world

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 25, 2019

Under the tutelage of Steve Woolf, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis evolved from a respected regional theater to a nationally respected company known for innovation and boldness in selecting plays to produce, including some world premieres.Woolf retired...

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,...

Zoe Farmingdale

Theatrical homecoming, concert for the Rebbe, Light survey

June 13, 2019

Truth, immigration, loveIn any given week, numerous email pitches come my way, but here’s one from last week I couldn’t resist:Hello! I’m a St. Louis native, Solomon Schechter graduate and B’nai Amoona member. I’m based in Los Angeles, but I’m...

From left: Cristina Buciu, Lucy Dhegrae and Dana Hotle are three of the featured artists in this year’s Gesher Music Festival.

2019 Summer Arts Guide

BY MIKE SHERWIN & ELLEN FUTTERMAN, MANAGING EDITOR & EDITOR May 22, 2019

The big chill of this past winter finally thawed, just in time for the weather — and the St. Louis arts scene — to sizzle. As the temperature heats up, so does the local entertainment scene, with literally dozens of live performances, concerts, festivals...

Graham Emmons and Jessica Kadish play the bride and groom in New Jewish Theater’s ‘I Now Pronounce.’ Photo: Jon Gitchoff

Say ‘I do’ to ‘I Now Pronounce’ at NJT

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light May 22, 2019

A wedding is a lot like theater, complete with stars, costumes, sets and, not infrequently, plot twists. So, if writers take inspiration from the altar, why not? After all, the source material is abundant.Playwright Tasha Gordon-Solmon draws from that...

New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘I Now Pronounce’ (coming May 15). PHOTO: Eric Woolsey

Wedding gown again plays key role in NJT production

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR May 9, 2019

Weddings, while usually joyous occasions, can also generate more than their fair share of stress, including the bride’s decision about what to wear on the big day. Google wedding dress and stress, and more than 100 million results come back. Popular...

Chef Rossi’s 2015 memoir ‘The Raging Skillet: The True Life of Chef Rossi’ is the basis for the New Jewish Theatre’s upcoming play, ‘Raging Skillet.’ Photo: Melissa Donovan

New Jewish Theatre opener looks at punk rock chef; art for a cause

By Ellen Futterman, Editor September 21, 2018

Chef is all the rageIf “Raging Skillet” is half as entertaining as the person on whom it is based, then St. Louis audiences should prepare for a thoroughly raucous experience. Written by Jacques Lamarre, the play takes its cue from the 2015 memoir,...

Christine Rocas and Dylan Gutierrez of the Joffrey Ballet, one of the dance companies taking part in Dance St. Louis’ Spring to Dance festival held Memorial Day weekend.

2018 Summer Arts Guide

BY MIKE SHERWIN & ELLEN FUTTERMAN | MANAGING EDITOR & EDITOR May 24, 2018

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, or so we’re thinking judging from the number of live performances, concerts, festivals and other arts-related events that take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. From Shakespeare outdoors in Forest...

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