The New Jewish Theatre

2012-2013 Productions

The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon

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Sunshine BoysAl Lewis and Willie Clark, as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. But they havent spoken in over a decade. Now CBS is inviting the team to reunite for a "History of Comedy" retrospective. A grudging reunion brings them back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. Classic Neil Simon, a lot of it is epically funny and all of it is cheerful.

"It's ham on wry...Simon's sure footed craftsmanship and his one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever." - New York Post

Click here to enjoy a scene from the production. 

October 8 - November 1

Directed by Doug Finlayson

Willie Clark - John Contini*
Al Lewis - Peter Mayer*
Ben - Jared Sanz-Agero
Nurse - Fannie Lebby
Sketch Nurse - Julia Crump
Stage Assistant Director - Leo B. Ramsey
Patient - Bob Harvey


Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon


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Bad JewsGood Jews, Bad Jews - it's all relative in this razor sharp and savage comedy about family, faith, and legacy. Meet Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend who she met on Birthright. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody for their grandfather's shiva and declares ownership of "Poppy's" Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious family brawl ensues.A gleefully funny, thought-provoking evening of theatre. Outrageously and laceratingly funny, it's about what you choose to believe when you're chosen

Get to know the characters you'll meet in Bad Jews. (Click title for YouTube video)

"A combative meditation on contemporary American Judaism, and funnier than anything you'll find at the JCC"

"The best comedy of the season" — Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

December 3 - 20 EXTENDED - DECEMBER 21, 22, 23

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Directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga

Daphna - Em Piro
Liam - Antonio Rodriguez*
Jonah - Pete Winfrey
Melody - Taylor Steward

Underneath the Lintel by Glen Berger


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Underneath the LintelA haunting, beautifully constructed one-person meditation on time and devotion. A returned library book, 113 years overdue with a clue scribbled in the margin and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket take the Dutch librarian on a life-changing quest with an obsession to find its owner. Our protagonist follows multiple clues- tickets to the Peking Opera, a love letter written in Yiddish - on a world-wide search that ultimately decodes" the meaning of life. A metaphysical detective story that is funny and fierce, quirky and smart.

Troubling and soaringly hopeful - it is an examination of myth and loss."

"A satisfying mix of intelligent writing and quirky humor in a package that isn't neatly wrapped up with pat answers."--Jana J Monji, Los Angeles Times

Enjoy this video preview of the production.

Underneath the Lintel Preview from Westview Media on Vimeo.


January 28 - Februrary 13

This production is sponsored in part by
Mary Strauss


Directed by Lana Pepper

Glynis Bell*

Old Wicked Songs by Jon Marans

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Old Wicked SongsHoping to reconnect with his music and shatter the artistic block that has plagued his career, a young American piano prodigy travels to Vienna in the spring of 1986. He is assigned to a vocal teacher who gives him the "Dicheterliebe" song cycle by Robert Schumann. Marans incorporates the poetry of Heinrich Heine and the music of Robert Schumann into the series of events. Through the sessions between the two men, Marans creates a link between two generations who find they much more in common than they think. This is the inspirational journey of two very different men who, with music as their one common bond, must find a way to break through their pasts.

"Mr. Marans' playis lighted with warmth and humor, and his two protagonists are splendid companions for the evening's journey into the soul." NY Times.

 "one of the best plays of the year, a fascinating exploration of art, guilt, compassion and identity" NY Post

This production is supported through the generosity of Piano Distibutors for use of the Yamaha Disklavier piano

March 17 - April 3

Directed by Tim Ocel

Professor Mashkan - Jerry Vogel*
Stephen Hoffman - Will Bonfiglio


Yentl by Leah Napolin with Isaac Bashevis Singer, Music by Jill Sobule


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YentlBased on Isaac Bashevis Singers short story Yentl the Yeshiva Boyand updated with new music and lyrics by Jill Sobule, Yentl tells the story of a young girl in 19th century Eastern Europe forbidden to pursue her dream of studying Talmud. Unwilling to accept her fate, she disguises herself as a man. But when she falls in love, Yentl must decide how far shes willing to go to protect her identity. This marks 40 years since the play then without music ran on Broadway. With parallels in Singers short story coinciding with the burgeoning second wave of feminism, we find Yentl as an outsider seeking to find her own voice within a very proscribed world. Sobules klezmer/rock/folk score underlines the ageless ideas of young love and sexual questioning.


 “This is a story about the mystery of appearances, the deceptions of the heart, and the divine androgyny of the soul.

May 12 - June 5

This production is sponsored in part by
Noemi & Michael Neidorff

Directed by Edward Coffield

Yentl - Shanara Gabrielle*
Avigdor - Andrew Michael Neiman*
Hadass - Taylor Steward
Reb Todrus - Terry Meddows*
Various roles
Peggy Billo*
Will Bonfiglio
Brendan Ochs
Amy Loui*
Jack Zanger
Luke Steingruby
Jennifer Theby Quinn