Although the stage of NY's Jewish Repertory Theatre will probably remain bare until April, when Avi Hoffman's Too Jewish Two arrives, the theatre isn't completely quiet. As reported in the NY Times, the 24-year old company has just received a $100,000 grant from the Righteous Persons Foundation, an organzation founded by Steven Spielberg with profits from his film, Schindler's List. The Foundation promotes Jewish life and culture and has awarded the money to Jewish Rep to create an initiative to bring in new audiences.
Jewish Rep (recipient of the Outer Critics' Circle Award for continued Outstanding Productions) kicked off its 24th season with previews of Michael Folie's The Adjustment. The venue will probably stay dark until April 18, when Hoffman's sequel to his musical-comedy revue, Too Jewish, opens.
Ending the season in June will be a new musical: The Fishkin Touch, music by Greg Armbruster; lyrics by NY newspaper columnist Lenore Skenazy, book by David Javerbaum. Spokesperson Adam Meza (from Shirley Herz) sums up the plot this way: "Second Avenue matinee idol discovers he has a son."
For tickets or more information on shows at Jewish Repertory Theatre at the Playhouse 91 space on East 91st St., call (212) 831-2000, or refer to the Off-Broadway listing on Playbill On-Line.
-- By David Lefkowitz