Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a 20-something “real Jew” with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna’s cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather’s Chai necklace, a vicious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.
Theatrical variety is on parade this weekend as monologist David Kodeski and composer Eric Reda co-author an opera tracking a gay life in the arts, while Oak Park's Circle Theatre goes Bollywood and eta Creative Arts tackles a drama by Lonnie Elder III.
Someone much wise and more perceptive than me (I know it’s difficult to imagine such a thing) observed that in all of literature, including drama, there only are nine or a dozen basic storylines. I forget the precise number, but it’s remarkably low.
KELLY: What's so terrific about MPAACT's Last Saint on Sugar Hill is its unapologetic approach to its subject. As I watched this account of a man literally driven mad by greed, and the consequences of that for his two sons, I realized how often African-American-themed p