Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Stories of survival with Stephen Tobolowsky

My Adventures with God, by Stephen Tobolowsky, Simon & Schuster, 353 pages, $25 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Asked in an interview to describe his Judaism, actor Stephen Tobolowsky replied “Judaism is not something I do. It is something I am. It isn’t an occupation. It is a definition.” That wasn’t always so. The first half […]

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

A story for all generations

World Premier of We Are the Levinsons enlivens MJTC stage By DORIS RUBENSTEIN We Are the Levinsons — a new play running through May 14 at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, and authored by Wendy Kout — is something that should be seen by people of a certain age. For aging baby boomers and those […]

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Sweet Land: Minnesota on the stage

Musical at Great American History Theatre evokes Fiddler on the Roof By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Throughout the history of the Jewish diaspora, our people know what it is to be “the other.” Right now in our country and in many parts of Europe, “the other” is also considered to be the “enemy.” It is most fitting, […]

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Albert Einstein was a sex magnet?

Four surprising facts about the Jewish genius Albert Einstein By GABE FRIEDMAN NEW YORK (JTA) — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? Not so much. Then there’s Genius, a TV series that […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Paul Shaffer bops the blues on new CD

Best known for his 33-year gig as David Letterman’s bandleader, Paul Shaffer is shifting gears post-Late Show. His latest project finds the music maven reunited in the studio with his musical mates from TV land. Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band (Sire) is a swingin’ collection of a dozen pop, rock and R&B […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

One-man ‘Wiesenthal’ to play at Illusion Theater

by MAX SPARBER Actor-playwright Tom Dugan, who wrote and stars in a one-man show about Simon Wiesenthal called, appropriately, Wiesenthal, credits his decision to create the show to one quote by the famed Nazi hunter. Wiesenthal was asked if he blames Germans for the Holocaust, and Wiesenthal replied that he doesn’t believe in collective guilt. […]

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Nine must-watch TV shows about Passover

By LINDA BUCHWALD (JTA) — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (Ten Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters. The eight-day remembrance of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery in Egypt starts Monday at […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

MSPIFF: Curating your own Jewish film festival

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) offers 16 films of Jewish interest by MAX SPARBER The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) has been around since 1981, hard as it is to believe. Year after year, it has brought a dazzling collection of films from around the world to the Twin Cities — this […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Drawing a crowd at the Playwrights’ Center

With Jeremy B. Cohen at the helm, the Playwrights’ Center turns 45 By MAX SPARBER There was a large crowd at the Playwrights’ Center Monday night. The organization’s performance space, formerly the interior of a Lutheran church, was filled to capacity. By the estimation of the organization’s producing artistic director Jeremy B. Cohen, it was […]

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

MacPhail concert spotlights Jewish music

By DORIS RUBENSTEIN The MacPhail Center for Music has been a cornerstone of Twin Cities cultural life in one form/name or another since 1907. Generations of area residents have studied violin, piano, voice and other forms of musical expression under the tutelage of some of the best professionals who have graced local concert stages. However, […]