Cameri Theater cast 311.
(photo credit: Elitzur Reuveni)
Winter Under the Table is the adapted-to-Israel story of Dima (Alon Dahan), an
immigrant cobbler from Russia, who makes his home under Vered’s (Limor
Goldstein) table. All he ever sees of her are her very shapely legs. He falls in
love with the legs and the woman they belong to. Life gets both crowded and
complicated when his newly arrived noisy cousin Grisha (Zvulun Moshiashvilli)
joins him under the table, Vered’s slimy boss, Shmuel Catz (Nissim Zohar) grows
importunate, and Zippi (Geula Nunni), her best friend, entices away her
All ends happily of course, because Winter
Under the Table
romantic comedy. Actually it’s also a meditation on loneliness and a
no-holds-barred attack on the way we relate to immigrants, disguised as
comedy. That a human being should live under a table “since an immigrant
regarded as sub-human, is logical,” as Topor dryly put it.
conquers even logic as Winter Under the Table has it, and the gifted
with the connivance of Yehudit Aharon’s set and costumes, Ehud Hitman’s
Uri Rubinstein’s lighting and Ran Bogin’s video, has constructed a
that makes its point without bombast.
Limor Goldstein’s Vered is lit from
within as she shyly reaches out to her considerate love-struck lodger,
ensures that his lovable, rumpled Dima never loses his inherent dignity
self-worth. Geula Nunni’s brisk, oblivious Zippi makes an effective
Moshiashvilli’s rumbustious Grisha is wonderfully unsubtle, itself a
and as the lecherous Catz, Nissim Zohar aptly illustrates society’s
You leave smiling – and thinking.