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Jewish Atheist Versus Christian Believer

Mark St. Germain’s play “Freud’s Last Session,” envisions a fictional debate over the existence of God between atheist Sigmund Freud, known as the father...

Dealing with a Death and ‘Chasing Mem’ries’

How does one come to terms with the death of a spouse after a happy, fulfilling marriage of 57 years? That’s the struggle facing...

In Nazi Germany, A Story of Love and Horror

When playwright Tania Wisbar was growing up, her mother shared little about her past in wartime Germany. When she did, “It was all about...

Death and a Cover-Up in a Sorority

A white, Jewish college student tries to join an African-American sorority, with disastrous results in the new play “The Daughters of the Kush,” now...

Revenge in ‘Daytona,’ life in Brooklyn

Comedy, violence and sex collide in the play “Daytona” by British actor and playwright Oliver Cotton. The work, originally produced in England, is now...

Director Marina Willer focuses on father’s perilous past in ‘Red Trees’

Architect Alfred Willer, who was a member of one of only 12 families with Jewish roots that survived the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, is...

Ghosts, guilt and a Jewish lawyer collide in ‘Rainbow Bridge’

A nice Jewish lawyer contends with the spirits of his late mother and sister, who awaken his lifelong feelings of guilt, in the farcical play...

A ‘Not Famous’ life celebrated onstage

“I spent the early part of my life searching for fame, and I found the more meaningful things in life. So, it doesn’t matter that...

Humor and bitterness run in the family in ‘The Lyons’

Nicky Silver’s dark comedy “The Lyons,” now running at The Road on Lankershim in North Hollywood, depicts a family whose members are totally isolated from...

8 interesting films to see this summer

Some of this summer’s more notable films explore Middle East terrorism, World War II battles and global warming, while others tell the life stories...

Holocaust is passed down and always present in ‘Past Life’

“The parents ate sour grapes and the children have rotten teeth.” That line from the film “Past Life” summarizes the story’s exploration of the Holocaust’s...

Lindy Hop puts swing in filmmaker’s step

In the new documentary “Alive and Kicking,” the world’s renewed interest in the Lindy Hop — popularly known as swing dancing — is presented...

‘April, May & June’: Siblings and secrets

Three sisters in their 40s spar with one another and discover a long-held secret as they pack up their childhood home after the death...

From denier to devout: amazing transformation?

Is it possible for a onetime rabid anti-Semite to be sincere in becoming an observant Jew? That’s one of the questions posed by “Keep...

The Fugu Plan: How the Japanese saved Jewish refugees

“You know how when you’re at a seder,  you talk about freedom and slavery and so forth? The conversation was about the Holocaust and...

Natalie Portman’s take on ‘Jackie’ anchors pair of bios this holiday season

While there are fewer films of interest than usual this holiday season, the offerings are particularly meaningful. Two biographical efforts are at the fore:...

History and cultural struggles filmed in distinctive Jewish worlds

Among this fall’s cinematic gems are two from director Dani Menkin, an Israeli who now lives and works in Los Angeles. During a recent interview, Menkin indicated that both films are very personal, each in its own way.

Anne Frank: “No Asylum” before the attic

The story of how Anne Frank’s family hid in an attic before being discovered by the Nazis became well-known through the diary she wrote that was found by her father, Otto, after the war.

‘Blueprint for Paradise’: A Nazi incursion in California

Few people may be aware that, during the weeks just before the United States’ entry into World War II, a Nazi compound intended as a training center and base of operations, under the assumption that Germany would be victorious and Adolf Hitler would come to rule the Western U.S., was under construction in Rustic Canyon.

Guns, God and politics in “Church and State”

In the new play “Church & State,” onstage at the Skylight Theatre in East Hollywood, a conservative Southern Christian politician running for re-election to the United States Senate has a crisis of faith.

Reeling in the summer

This summer brings an eclectic group of films to local screens, many featuring specifically Jewish protagonists and covering such disparate subjects as a fundamentalist revolution, a revolutionary TV programmer, the hunt for Adolf Eichmann, religiosity and coming of age in the 1950s.

“Hillary and Monica:” An unlikely meeting

The laughs are fast and furious throughout the new play “Hillary and Monica,” with lines like, “How do you dial 9-1-1?” The show written by Victor Bardack and Edward Michael Bell is now running at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles.

The troubled life of a Hollywood lyricist

The tumultuous personal and professional life of lyricist Al Dubin, who, with composer Harry Warren, wrote a legion of hit songs for films during the 1930s, is depicted in the new musical “I Only Have Eyes for You,” now running at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.

A pair of princesses arrive in Los Angeles

Two very different Israeli films about their titular princesses open in Los Angeles on May 27.