Thanks for the review: we worked very hard as a team to avoid a "shrill fest" and create a roller-coaster sort of ride with variations. I, too, wondered as we worked, whether people really went on non-stop tirades such as those features in Bad Jews. We worked them as authentically as we could. On our final Thursday, an amazing group -along with one of our generous sponsors - from the local Jewish Community Center bought the entire house. What an evening! During the Q & A following the show, I finally asked our guests a question: I explained that in my background long tirades were not part of our family scene, funeral or festival. I asked whether they could relate to those moments in the play? This question was followed by kind laughter and various comments including:..."You're not Jewish, are you?" as well as "Welcome to my world, " and "You have no idea! That is my family up there!" What I loved most was a comment that said "This is what real theatre is supposed to do - it gets people to talking." All through the run I noticed audience members did not often leave the theatre right away, but hung around to talk to each other- even strangers engaged in conversation: "Who should get the Chai?" I am so grateful to Jackie Nichols for having the brilliant idea to bring this play and Laura Stracko Franks together, and offer it to the Memphis theatre community. You nailed this one, Jackie!...Mmmwha! Anita Jo Lenhart, Director of Bad Jews, Circuit Playhouse, 2015
Dear Mr. Davis: I am so grateful for your comments concerning Jack Yates' set for As You Like It (Theatre Memphis.) It was genius and I felt privileged to work with him. Thank you.
Mr. Davis: Thank you for your recommendation. I hope Shakespeare lovers in Memphis will take your advice to come and participate in this delightful evening. Thank you for coming - it makes my artist's-heart glad to know you enjoyed our Shakespearean adventure. Sincerely, Anita Jo Lenhart
By Chris Davis, Susan Ellis, Toby Sells, and Maya Smith
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