Theater Review: Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie Haifa & Cameri Theaters

By HELEN KAYE
February 22, 2010 22:42
1 minute read.
'Tanach Show' features the creation fo the world i

Theater.58. (photo credit: Nathan Brusovany)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Tuesdays with Morrie
By Jeffrey Hatcher & Mitch Albom
Translated by Rivka Meshulach
Directed by Moshe Naor
Haifa & Cameri Theaters
February 17

When he sets aside his repertoire of crowd-pleasing schtick, Yossi Graber is a great actor, and if there was ever a role that has no need of schtick, it's that of Morrie Schwartz.

Schwartz was Mitch Albom's teacher at Brandeis. His Tuesdays with Morrie happened 16 years after his graduation when, from a TV interview, he learned that his beloved teacher had ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, an always fatal neuro-degenerative condition. Albom went to see him and returned thereafter every Tuesday until Morrie's death. The book Albom wrote became and remains a massive bestseller. The play is based on the book, whose central message is that for those who live fully, who love, who give, death is just one part of that life.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


For millions Morrie Schwartz's practical and gentle wisdom has been life-changing.

And there's the rub.

Naor and his actors revere too much. Instead of just showing us, and letting us "get it," that reverence - for the man, for his courage and for his wisdom - just gets in the way. Lily ben-Nahshon's bare-bones set gets it, and surely Naor had much input on that set.

With respect, Yiftach Klein's Albom affords no real sense of the man. Graber's Morrie, because of schtick, lacks substance, lacks breadth and so comes out as cute. Probably, when the critics aren't there, his Morrie is magnificent and schtickless.

But finally, Tuesdays with Morrie is an anthem to all those who face ALS with the heroism that most do.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Sarah Silverman
August 26, 2014
Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys

By JTA