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Archive for West Coast Jewish Theatre

FUGU at the Pico Playhouse

Photo by Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

We don’t usually think of the Japanese as being on the side of the angels during the Holocaust. This play reveals how, when the Nazis began rounding up the Jews in Lithuania, the Japanese ambassador signed exit visas for 6,000 of them and sent them to Kobe, Japan to form a settlement. Read more…

Now running through March 19


THE WHIPPING MAN at the Pico Playhouse


Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

This Matthew Lopez play would have made a fascinating two-hander. But the playwright added a third character and ratcheted up the intrigue, conflict, and shaping, making it an even more fascinating play. Like a fine puppeteer, director Howard Teichman pulls strings to alter the balance among the characters, adding even more to the interplay. Read more…

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

In the backwash of 12 Years a Slave, a film most notable for how it reflects on the present day rather than solely as a window into the past, Matthew Lopez‘s play The Whipping Man stands out as a different sort of inquiry into the meaning of freedom, which it accurately depicts as much as a matter of the soul and spirit as the body.  Read more…

Now playing through April 13.