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  Bar Mitzvah Boy at Miles Memorial Playhouse

Bar Mitzvah Boy

Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica

Joey Brant is a Jewish divorce lawyer in his 60s. He has never had a bar mitzvah ceremony. He feels the need to get one now, before his grandson has his bar mitzvah. For reasons which will become clear in the story, Joey’s bar mitzvah ceremony must take place at the synagogue he attended five decades ago. Joey, a thoroughly secularized man, must now re-connect with the faith of his ancestors. He promptly alienates the synagogue’s regular instructor, which means that Joey must now go to the temple’s rabbi for his bar mitzvah lessons. Rabbi Michael Levitz-Sharon, a woman, finds her faith challenged at the same time that Joey is rediscovering his spiritual roots. her 11-year-old devoutly Jewish daughter has contracted terminal cancer. The daughter, Rachel, wants nothing more than to live long enough to be bat-mitzvahed. The impending tragedy is taking its toll on Rabbi Michael’s marriage. Will Joey at long last have his bar mitzvah and find his faith? Can Rabbi Michael retain her beliefs?

Thru - May 12, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays:
Sundays: 2:00pm



Price: $30-$35

Show Type: Drama

www.milesplayhouse.org



  Bar Mitzvah Boy Reviews
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Broadway World - Recommended

"...There are several, comical voiceovers by Christine Torreele as Sheryl, the secretary who seems to know it all with eyes in the back of her head and ears as large as Dumbo! Set design by Kurtis Bedford, lighting design by Ellen Monocroussos, and costume design by Sarah Rekow enhance the overall artistic representation of two people from such different worlds who manage to meet center stage in front of Eternal Light resting above the most holy of places in the Jewish faith. May its essence follow you in spirit after seeing the play."
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Shari Barrett


Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...In his opening curtain speech for Bar Mitzvah Boy at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica, director Howard Teichman — who is also artistic director of the West Coast Jewish Theatre — told the audience that he has “scoured the country and beyond, looking for the next Neil Simon, the next Arthur Miller, the next great Jewish playwright.” The fact that his “search” has led him to Mark Leiren-Young’s Bar Mitzvah Boy is somewhat mystifying."
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Stephen Fife


Accessibly Live Off-Line - Recommended

"...One would suspect that the title BAR MITZVAH BOY would be more of a coming of age story through the persona of a young lad. Actually, it is a coming of age tale. However, the young lad isn't as young as he used to be. And the rabbi is more than just a leader of an assembly of faith followers. This production would appeal to any theater attendee that enjoys an intense character study, no matter if one is Jewish, gentile, or some other else. It's never too soon nor too late to keep the faith!"
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Rich Borowy



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