Tel Aviv University putting on 'Aunt Lisa' and gala

Nissim Aloni's 'Aunt Lisa' concerns a no-holds-barred family property dispute with plenty of skeletons in a multitude of closets.

By HELEN KAYE
January 13, 2009 14:50
Tel Aviv University putting on 'Aunt Lisa' and gala

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In honor of the Habima National Theater's 90th birthday, the theater faculty at Tel Aviv University is presenting its production of Nissim Aloni's Aunt Lisa on the Gilman building stage from January 14-27. Aloni wrote Aunt Lisa (1969) especially for actress Hanna Rovina, who played the title role. The play concerns a no-holds-barred family property dispute with plenty of skeletons in a multitude of closets. Aloni (1926-98) is considered a pioneering local playwright whose often allegorical and poetic plays won critical and popular acclaim. A kind of social satire, "Aunt Lisa also probes the discomforts of our collective memories," says faculty dramaturgy professor, Gad Kenar. In addition, the university's Buchman-Mehta School of Music will hold its annual gala on February 3 at Tel Aviv's Mann Auditorium. Zubin Mehta will conduct the school symphony orchestra in a program that includes Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Richard Strauss's Til Eulenspiegel. The Israel Philharmonic hosts the event.

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