ill have what shes having 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Habima National Theater will exchange its gypsy existence for its newly
refurbished theater probably not before 2012, but staunchly, its planned
two-year season is ready for the eventuality with an adaptation to the stage of
the movie When Harry Met Sally, scheduled to open back home.
local plays, some eight classics, four musicals and four contemporary works
comprise Habima’s 2010-2012 roster. There are also premieres (one Moliere and
another with Theater Europe) by the energetic and gifted Young Habima, both
directed by Shai Fituvski who gave us, deliciously, Gogol’s The
Yael Ronen’s production of Hanoch Levin’s posthumous Morris
, a wry comedy about a grown man still tied to Mama’s apron strings
opens the season in September.
The local plays also include literary
adaptations: One is A.B. Yehoshua’s famous first novel, The Lover
another, by Ido Ricklin, tentatively entitled The Satirical Cabaret
, is based on the book by Yirmi Pinkus in which the dying Dr. confides
his aged actresses to his young cousin; and The Good Psychologist
, based on the
book by Noam Spentzer, and adapted and directed by Hanan Snir, himself a
Then there’s Under a Magnifying Glass
collaboration with the Dusseldorf Municipal Theater in which four young
playwrights from each country will examine the often-charged German/Israel
relationship. There are also two comedies with one-word title, Screwed
romantic (ahem!) comedy by Zadok Tzemah, and Stuck
, by Daniel Lapin, about a
decision to divorce that has – well – problems.
The classics include two
Molieres, The Imaginary Invalid
, directed by Ilan Ronen, and The
, by Moshe Naor; Shakespeare’s duel of wits, Much Ado About
and a revival not only of that perdurable drama, Durrenmatt’s The Visit
also the immortal The Good Soldier
Back to our own time, Next to
, a drama with music by Tom Keith, centers around a
whose family strives to hold it together, while Heroes
, by Gerald
a bittersweet comedy about three old WWI vets plotting their escape from
old-age home where they now live. Dori Parnes is the translator.
musicals include Funny Girl
, revivals of King Solon
and Shalmai the
and Nine on the Square
, inspired by the songs of Danny
written and directed by the awesomely talented Maor Zagorri.
sane and steady leadership of Odelia Friedman, Benny Tzarfati and Ilan
our national theater has emerged from the chaos that plagued it for more