January 18, 2020

The Must-See Fall Events With Jewish Connections

“Eight Nights”

Taking place during Hanukkah, the world-premiere play “Eight Nights” tells the story of a family who occupies an apartment over eight decades, and follows a German-Jewish war refugee haunted by her past. Written by Jennifer Maisel and developed by the Antaeus Theatre Company, it runs Nov. 8 through Dec. 16 at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale. Visit antaeus.org for more information.

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s Broadway musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is at the Pasadena Playhouse through Oct. 20. The African American cast includes “Pose” star Mj Rodriguez, and “Glee’s” Amber Riley voicing carnivorous plant Audrey II. Visit pasadenaplayhouse.org for more information.

Neil Simon

Set in a Ukrainian village in 1893, Neil Simon’s comedic play “Fools” is about a young tutor who discovers everyone in town has been cursed, rendering them as dumb as doorposts. The musical adaptation of the play will have its world premiere at the Open Fist Theatre Company on Oct. 12, running through Dec. 1. Visit openfist.org for more information.

“Sisters in Law”

Tovah Feldshuh plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the West Coast premiere of “Sisters in Law,” which dramatizes the friendship and conflict between RBG and fellow Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Stephanie Faracy). Written by Jonathan Shapiro and based on Linda Hirshman’s New York Times bestseller, the play runs through Oct. 13 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Visit thewallis.org for more information.

In 1944, photojournalist and humanitarian Ruth Gruber took part in a secret U.S. government mission to rescue nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees from Europe via the troop ship Henry Gibbins, which she documented in her book “Haven.” The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust celebrates her life and work in the exhibit “Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist,” running Nov.10 through May 10.