Her Last Day 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Eyal Landsman)
Sometimes, not even a great set (here by Bambi Fridman), excellent acting and
deft direction can rescue a play. Unhappily, Her Last Day fits the
Gadi Inbar has left no cliché unturned to tell the story of
Professor Mariana Gross-Eldar’s (Miriam Zohar) carefully orchestrated last day.
She is a renowned scientist who claims rights in an anti-Alzheimer medication
that Prof. Berger (Ilan Dar), her former partner/lover, has sole rights to and
that will make him immensely rich.
She has invited him over to insist
that he make the insanely expensive medication available to all, not just the
Mariana has invited the family, too, and with their arrival
the dramatic potential in the medico-ethical dilemma gets trampled by the
clichés. The emotionally-abandoned daughter (Hadass Kalderon), the wronged
son-in-law (Shimon Mimran), the suicidal love child (Inbar Gal) and how the
terminally egotistical Mariana all contribute to the general misery.
and Zohar bring an intrinsic dignity and some humor to their awful roles, even
though Mariana’s consistent emotional meanness and cowardice obviously exhaust
Zohar. Mimran invests son-in-law Moni Fisher with impish humor and a delicious
But it’s Liat Goren, beautifully underplaying
the part of Talma, Mariana’s housekeeper, who steals the show. Perhaps it’s
because she’s the only character in the play that seems at all real.