The Theater J debacle points to the difficulties Jewish theater faces within the Jewish community.
Theater Review: “Hard Love” — A Timely Exploration of a Bitter Religious Rift
Motti Lerner’s characters succeed in making both the secular and ultra-religious life appear rewarding and believable.
Fuse Theater Interview: Israeli Playwright Motti Lerner on Catharsis, Tikkun, “Hard Love,” and Protesting a Play Without Reading the Script
“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.”
Theater Interview: Stage Director Melia Bensussen on “Hard Love,” and “The Cherry Orchard”
“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.”
Theater Commentary: A Complex View of Life, Death, and Combat in Israel — “At Night’s End”
A staged reading of an illuminating play by Motti Lerner about the devastating impact of war on men and women in Israeli society.