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Family drama: Father and son share the stage in ‘The Band’s Visit’

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light February 13, 2020

Perhaps you have worked with one of your parents in a family business. Did you find that satisfying? Grating? Routine?If you’re very lucky, maybe you considered it “magical.”That’s how Adam Gabay describes appearing with his father, Israeli actor...

Rabbi Jonah Zinn. PHOTO: Joel Marion Photography

Frankly speaking, rabbi’s departure, ‘Gloria’ and more

BY: ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR May 9, 2019

Dogged pursuitHere’s a unique Mother’s Day gift sure to make a Jewish mother proud: Winning the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, and bringing home $10,000 in prize money — for mom, of course.Those interested...

Jason Michael Evans

‘Anastasia’ role brings St. Louis native back home

Ellen Futterman, Editor December 27, 2018

Jason Michael Evans plays a villain of sorts in the national production of Disney’s “Anastasia,” which runs through Jan. 6 at the Fox Theatre. But in real-life, the Parkway North High graduate is about as nice a Jewish boy as they come. Full disclosure:...

Ally Kalishman got the chance to do an impromptu karaoke duet with singer Sara Bareilles during a recent trip to New York City.

A musical journey with mom; cookbook for a cause

Ellen Futterman, Editor July 20, 2017

Singing with SaraAlyssa “Ally” Kalishman is a huge fan of musical theater. She performs with a couple of local theater groups, including Arch City Kids Theatre Troupe, which will present a musical revue Aug. 4-6 at John Burroughs School to benefit...

Chris Tipp and Amy Loui star in the New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘4000 Miles.’ Photo: Eric Woolsey

‘4000 Miles’ closes out NJT’s 20th season

May 4, 2017

The New Jewish Theatre closes its milestone 20th season with Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles,” which will run May 11- 28. It quietly tells of the developing relationship between a 91-year-old “lefty” political activist and her 21-year-old grandson....

Eric Dean White, Jack Zanger and  Pete Winfrey in the New Jewish Theatre production of ‘Never the Sinner.’ Photos: Eric Woolsey

NJT play reimagines Leopold and Loeb case as bone-chilling romance

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus March 22, 2017

Long before the O.J. Simpson trial, the description “Trial of the Century” was reserved for the deeply disturbing 1924 case of the abduction-murder of Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two wealthy, Jewish, and intellectually brilliant...

Patrick Ball and John Woodson in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production of All My Sons.” Photo: Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Rep’s production of ‘All My Sons’ proves Arthur Miller’s enduring genius

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus January 11, 2017

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has launched its 50th anniversary main stage season with a powerful, riveting production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.” The Rep’s production, with superb directing by Seth Gordon and outstanding acting by...

Carson L. McGill has been named the new youth theater coordinator at the Jewish Community Center.

The J names new youth theater coordinator, plans spring production

December 28, 2016

Carson L. McGill has been named the new youth theater coordinator at the Jewish Community Center, and his first production will be “The Lion King Jr.”“Carson is a well-rounded theater professional with experience both on stage and off. He will be...

Kathleen Sitzer and J. Samuel Davis star in the New Jewish Theatre production of ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ Photo: Eric Woolsey

NJT driver Kathleen Sitzer takes role as ‘Miss Daisy’

BY PATRICIA CORRIGAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 30, 2016

For just the third time in the history of the New Jewish Theatre, artistic director Kathleen Sitzer will step out of her office and onto the stage. Sitzer will play Daisy Werthen in Alfred Uhry’s poignant drama “Driving Miss Daisy,” the second show...

Kathleen Sitzer and J. Samuel Davis star in the New Jewish Theatre production of ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ Photo: Eric Woolsey

NJT artistic director returns to the stage in ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

November 23, 2016

The New Jewish Theatre will continue its 20th anniversary season with a revival of Alfred Uhry’s play, “Driving Miss Daisy,” from Dec. 1 to 18.NJT Artistic Director Kathleen Sitzer will return to the stage after a nine-year hiatus to play the title...

Lavonne Byers portrays Golda Meir in the New Jewish Theatre production of ‘Golda’s Balcony.’ Photo: Eric Woolsey

Lavonne Beyers channels Meir in NJT production of ‘Golda’s Balcony’

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus October 13, 2016

The recent passing of former Israeli president and Prime Minister Shimon Peres is a poignant and timely backdrop to the New Jewish Theatre’s opening play of its 20th season, “Golda’s Balcony,” by William Gibson, featuring a stunning performance...

NJT staged ‘From Door to Door’ in 2005. File photo

New Jewish Theatre celebrates 20 years

BY Margaret Gillerman, Special to the Jewish Light August 17, 2016

Kathleen Sitzer, the founding artistic director of the New Jewish Theatre, jokes that audiences know her as the person who gets up in front of every performance, gives a curtain speech and reminds them to turn off their cell phones.But this season —...

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