With the light-hearted musical Yiddle With A Fiddle plucking its way across the tiny American Jewish Theatre stage on Manhattan's West 26th St., what better time for the company to announce its upcoming season, featuring two British plays, a new musical and a comedy by Yiddle's adaptor.
Here are the four works comprising the upcoming season, with dates to be announced later:
It's Bashert! Fans of the wry Off-Broadway musical, Ruthless!, won't want to miss this one, which is by the same team: Marvin Laird (music), Joel Paley & Phil Lebovits (book & lyrics). The promotional flier puts it best: "Competing with neighboring Temple Beth Henley to win the 9th Annual `Golden Tchotchkeleh' Award, members of Temple Ahavat Tsuris plan next year's `Outstanding Original Production Of A Synagogue Show.'"
Nuremberg. Adapting transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials, Richard Norton-Taylor's play, mounted in 1996 at England's Tricycle Theatre, looks at the psychology behind Nazi war atrocities.
Dreamers And Demons. A sweet comedy adapted by Isaiah Sheffer from various works by Nobel Prize winning novelist, Isaac Bashevis Singer. The Last Demon, Escape From Civilization and Sabbath In Gehenna are among the stories used for the piece. Sheffer is the creator of the stage version of Yiddle With A Fiddle. The 11th Commandment A comic, romantic thriller, David Schneider's play was staged in London in 1996. Commandment follows the son of a Holocaust survivor who falls for a non-Jewish girl, much to his mother's objections. This American premiere examines the schisms between traditional and liberal Judaism.
For tickets and information on the American Jewish Theatre's next season, beginning Oct. 18 and running through May 17, call (212) 633-0202.
--By David Lefkowitz