Menachem Mendel on stage

Entitled I Forgot the Essential (Shachti et Ha’ikar), this moving comic-drama tells of a husband who leaves the shtetl in search of earnings – and adventures – leaving his wife Sheina Shendl behind with the kids. He tries everything, from the stock exchange to insurance to the Jewish matching business. He always fails, as there is always someone who cheats or exploits him. Of course it is he himself and his fantasies who are his own worst enemy. Continue reading

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Stranger in a strange land

A stranger, walks among the crowd. People talk to each other or to themselves, short stories are created in front of our eyes and then dissolve in the air, giving place to new scenarios. The perplexed stranger listens to the words and tries to decipher their meaning as he stares at the people speaking, trying to figure out the situation. He shares the ridiculous conclusions he draws with an amused audience. Continue reading

Sheer Pleasure

As a part of its Delicatessen series, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra presents a semi-staged production of The Barber of Seville, arguably Rossini’s most popular opera. Roberto Abbado, a regular guest on podiums of the world’s major orchestras and leading opera houses, returns to the IPO for the fifth time in just a few years. Continue reading