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There is still a Hassid
Dan Almagor’s play, Ish Hassid Haya (“Once There Was a
Hassid”), has proven to be one of the most enduring performance works ever
produced in this country. Forty-four years after its highly successful
premiere, the play will take on a more contemporary look for its forthcoming run
at Haifa Theater and Habimah Theater in Tel Aviv, with daily shows scheduled in
Haifa from November 25 to 30, followed by performances at Habimah on December
3-6 and 8.
The current production, which is directed by Itzik Weingarten
and stars Yigal Sadeh, Tzahi Halevy and Etti Vaknin, takes a broader perspective
on Hassidism and the spread of cultural baggage within Jewry as a whole. In
contrast with the original production, the new version incorporates the music,
stories and humor of many Jewish communities.
The 1968 production starred
Shlomo Nitzan and Danny Litani, with scenery created by internationally renowned
artist Danny Caravan. It ran for more than 600 shows and went on the road to the
US, the Soviet Union and Italy.
For tickets and more information about
Ish Hassid Haya: (04) 860-0500 or www.ht1.co.il; (03) 629-5555 or
007 and all that jazz
The box-office success of the
latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, has spawned a musical tribute to some of the
songs that made previous 007 escapades stick in the public’s affections over the
years. Next Friday, the Mediatheque Center in Holon will host a
starstudded lineup in the 007 – Her Majesty’s Secret Agent production, which
will be fronted by a host of rock and pop stars including Efrat Gosh, Eran Tzur,
Yahli Sonol, Asaf Rott and Daniel Salomon.
The show is part of the Ten
Lamilim La’asot B’cha series and features songs from Bond movies from over the
last 50 years, including You Only Live Twice, GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough
and Tomorrow Never Dies. The live music will be enhanced by screenings of clips
from the relevant movies.
There will also a nod to the real world of
espionage when former GSS head Yaakov Peri takes the stage to talk about some of
his professional experiences.
For tickets and more information about 007
– Her Majesty’s Secret Agent: (03) 502-1552 or www.mediatheque.org.il
The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv has unveiled a new collection of
locally produced Judaica artifacts. The permanent exhibition includes items
produced in this part of the world between 1880 and 1967 which reflect many
aspects of social-cultural life here over close to a century.
come from all sectors of pre-state Jewry and Israeli society and include a wide
range of themes and motifs, from acts of heroism to the role of the kibbutz and
from religious holidays to the Hebrew letters.
The artifacts also
highlight the differences between the Jewish way of life in this part of the
world compared with Judaism in the Diaspora.
For more information: (03)
541- 5244 or www.eretzmuseum.org.il
Cracking nuts in Herzliya and Eilat
Herzliya Performing Arts Center and Eilat Theater will host children’s
productions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, with choreography by Berta
Yampolski. The Herzliya show will take place tomorrow at 11 a.m. and the
Eilat shows will take place on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m.
This is a
shortened version of the work, for children, and includes narration by the
For tickets and more information: (03) 540-0551 or (08)
634- 3343 ext. 1
Chamber Music Club Hits Ten
The Israeli Chamber Music Club will
mark its first decade with a festive concert at the Felicja Blumental Center in
Tel Aviv next Friday at 2 p.m.
The program will include works by Moshe
Zorman, Hillel Tzori, Yaron Gotfried and Yehezkel Braun, performed by club
instrumentalists violinist Nitai Tzori, cellist Hillel Tzori and pianist Michael
Peri, as well as guest artists soprano vocalist Einat Eronstein, clarinet
players Noam Carmon and Danny Ardeman and viola player Gili Radein.
tickets and more information: (03) 620-1185 ext. or www.fmbc.co.il