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October 25, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
There are many images that Jews find disquieting. Nazis, Klansmen, Arab terrorists. But perhaps most wounding are images that reflect ugliness and incoherence within the Jewish culture itself. In "Ghetto" (produced at the Mark Taper Forum in 1986), Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol showed an occupied community turning on itself during the Holocaust. In his "Jerusalem Syndrome," characters mirror Israeli soldiers' oppression of Palestinian refugees.
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September 26, 2004 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Because the Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol got roasted on a political hot seat in Haifa 17 years ago, theatergoers in Los Angeles -- well, those willing to pay $125 -- now get to experience a sprawling, unorthodox historical fantasia in one of the most lavish, yet intimately partitioned, performance spaces they're likely to visit, and dine on wiener schnitzel, goulash and Austrian pastries during intermission.
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September 26, 2004 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Because the Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol got roasted on a political hot seat in Haifa 17 years ago, theatergoers in Los Angeles -- well, those willing to pay $125 -- now get to experience a sprawling, unorthodox historical fantasia in one of the most lavish, yet intimately partitioned, performance spaces they're likely to visit, and dine on wiener schnitzel, goulash and Austrian pastries during intermission.
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October 25, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
There are many images that Jews find disquieting. Nazis, Klansmen, Arab terrorists. But perhaps most wounding are images that reflect ugliness and incoherence within the Jewish culture itself. In "Ghetto" (produced at the Mark Taper Forum in 1986), Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol showed an occupied community turning on itself during the Holocaust. In his "Jerusalem Syndrome," characters mirror Israeli soldiers' oppression of Palestinian refugees.
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November 15, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'Ghetto' Named London's Best Play: Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol's Holocaust drama "Ghetto" has been named London's best play of 1989 in the prestigious Evening Standard Drama Awards, presented annually by that London newspaper. "Ghetto," set in a Lithuanian ghetto in 1942, opened at London's state-subsidized Royal National Theater April 27 to near-unanimous raves and ran in repertory through Nov. 9.
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November 14, 1989 | From Times Staff and wire service reports
Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol's Holocaust drama "Ghetto" was named London's Best Play of 1989 today at the annual Evening Standard Drama Awards. "Ghetto," set in a Lithuanian ghetto in 1942, opened at London's state-subsidized Royal National Theater April 27 to near-unanimous raves and ran in repertory through Nov. 9. It had earlier flopped on Broadway, closing after 33 performances.
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October 3, 2004
I was surprised that Mike Boehm's fascinating article about "Alma" (" 'Alma' Is a Muse in Motion," Sept. 26) did not have a sidebar mentioning Tom Lehrer's brilliant song about Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel. Like Joshua Sobol, Mr. Lehrer was struck by Alma's gravitation toward husbands of genius: "Alma, tell us! / All modern women are jealous / You should have a statue in bronze / For bagging Gustav and Walter and Franz." The lyrics and melody are priceless, and you don't have to pay $125 to schlep around a theater for three hours.
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July 31, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Peter Zadek, 83, a German theater director considered an expert on the plays of Shakespeare, died Wednesday in Hamburg after a long illness, according to the city's St. Pauli Theater. "We are mourning a friend and one of the greatest directors of the German theater," Ulrich Waller, director of the St. Pauli Theater, said in a statement. Among Zadek's most famous productions were "Othello" in 1976 at Hamburg's Schauspielhaus and a 1984 staging of "Ghetto" by Joshua Sobol in Hamburg and Berlin.
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April 6, 2006
In 1943, an Austrian farmer named Franz Jagerstatter was executed for refusing to wear a Nazi uniform and serve in the army of the Third Reich. Noted Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol's drama, "iWitness," based on that true story, is set during Jagerstatter's final day in prison, where his friends and loved ones come to plead with him to abandon his principles to save his life.
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June 29, 1988 | MATT WOLF, Associated Press
New plays by Harold Pinter and David Mamet as well as Shakespeare's "Hamlet" are among the highlights of the National Theatre's upcoming 1988-89 season. "I couldn't possibly be more enthusiastic or optimistic about our artistic future," said Richard Eyre, the new artistic director of the three-theater complex on London's south bank. The 45-year-old director, whose production of the musical "Guys and Dolls" was one of the National's greatest successes, begins his five-year contract Sept.
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April 27, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
JoAnne Akalaitis' controversial play "Green Card," first seen at the Mark Taper Forum in 1986, will migrate to New York in June. The theatrical collage will play 15 performances, June 13-25, at New York's Joyce Theatre as part of the first New York International Festival of the Arts as well as the Joyce's American Theater Exchange, an annual summer showcase for theatrical productions from throughout the country. AT&T will pay most of the costs of taking the play to New York.
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