Thursday, October 25, 2012

Stars of David

The Philadelphia Theatre Company’s World Premiere of Stars of David is a sheer delight.  It can be seen at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Street, through November 18.  Based on Abigail Pogrebin’s best-selling book of the same name, Stars of David gives glimpses of Jewish life through interviews with prominent public figures.  Over a dozen lyricists use humor and fortitude to breathe life into these interviews. The four member ensemble cast change clothes and wigs so frequently that it  is difficult to remember the cast is not composed of a dozen or more characters. Kudos should go to costume designer Alejo Vietti.  Bravos as well to set designer Beowulf Boritt, Lighting Designer Howell Binkley and Projection Designer Jason Thompson for the filmed coverage  of personalities, TVs, library stacks and an evolving synagogue. You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the hysterical routine put forth by the artists mimicking Fran Dresher or Joan Rivers. Nor is your ethnicity a requirement to enjoy the magic performed by a young Leonard Nemoy.  Don’t miss the show everyone is sure to be talking about.  It is a wonderful experience. There are several talk-backs and special events scheduled as well. For more information or tickets, call 215-985-0420 or visit online at

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