Tragedy isn’t when evil triumphs, but when good becomes entangled in its own inevitable contradictions.
To its considerable credit, Make My Heart Flutter is more existential, literary, and weird than most American comedies.
Dramatist Savyon Liebrecht was recently in the Boston area for a residency with Israeli Stage — two of her scripts, both dealing with Freud and his legacy, received their world premieres here as workshop productions.
Motti Lerner’s characters succeed in making both the secular and ultra-religious life appear rewarding and believable.
“The working relationship is based on the mutual feeling that all three of us have the same understanding of the purpose of the theatre – to present plays that create a cathartic experience for the spectator, which might open his eyes and his heart to a new consciousness.”
“There is a struggle in love in the best of circumstances, and when on top of the daily challenges there are divisions of culture or society or simply of invented categories – well, that does make it all the harder.”
“The Whore From Ohio” is a provocative reminder that the same creature that is born to eat, drink, copulate, rot, and die is also a creature that dreams, tells stories, contemplates its own existence, and attends the theater.
Oh God meets all of Guy Ben-Aharon’s criteria for Israeli Stage.
Anat Gov does a fine job on the meta-playwriting level. “Best Friends” is a genre piece that is also an affectionate commentary on the genre to which it belongs.
“As a white atheist male I am told it is none of my business to deal with what‘s going on in the so-called de-colonized societies enforcing their religious laws on their citizens.” — Joshua Sobol