Acclaimed One-Woman Show New Eyes at Odyssey Theatre
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Inspired by celebrated playwright Neil Simon's own life, Broadway Bound follows a pair of aspiring comedy writer brothers as their parents' marriage dissolves. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's production is directed by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), who created the role of "Stanley" in the original Broadway production. The final entry in Simon's beloved Eugene trilogy, after Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound won two Tony Awards during its initial run and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, deal with the revelation of their father's infidelity by adapting their lives into thinly veiled radio skits, a move that starts them on the road to success, but contributes to the tension in their already-crumbling family. In Broadway Bound, Simon captures all the laughter and heartbreak of family life. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Irma W.Red Velvet
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I truly enjoyed this one-woman show...each personality she portrayed
came to life, and was very believable. It was fast moving, with a great
backdrop of films, and quick change of clothes on stage, for each
vignette. It was done with wit, wisdom, humor and personal exposure.
She used many language/accented speech for each person, so expertly that it was like each of the personalities portrayed were there in front of us.
The one problem I realized, was that our guests had a problem understanding her quick, quiet dramatizations and were frustrated
that they were missing much of the dialogue, and therefore the humor and wit of her story.
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Be careful of ratings as this is a show about finding out who you are as a Jew and before a 90% Jewish audience who clearly identified with the idea. However if you are not Jewish this show is just so so. The star plays 12 characters but in...continued
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This one woman show has so much potential, but I think it needs a little more tweaking to make it excellent. It is a one actor play, and she is wonderful at creating different roles. You can easily forget it is her, and go with whatever...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Ebullient! Josephson is a winning presence, and her impersonations of pushy parents, showbiz types and Israeli ‘playas’ land on target!” —Los Angeles Times
“An accomplished performance! Hilarious…Beneath the comedy lies a serious undercurrent stemming from the ongoing war in the Middle East.” —LA Weekly
“Pure talent! Wonderful! Well-written and extremely fascinating.” —Reviewplays.Com
“The show is good for Israel. It shows Israel’s human face. And that human face is Yafit Josephson.” —Jewish Journal
“Josephson’s boundless energy and desire to share her story transform her narrative from the traditionally cathartic autobiographical tale to one that is inspirational.” —Backstage.com
Read Goldstar member "reviews ":http://www.goldstar.com/events/sherman-oaks-ca/new-eyes.html?reviews=all#reviewsof _New Eyes at the Whitefire Theatre. _
Read additional Goldstar reviews of New Eyes performed at the Odyssey Theatre and Carrie Hamilton Theatre at Pasadena Playhouse.
Watch an overview of the hit play complete with clips from the live performance on Youtube.
_New Eyes _tells the true story of Yafit Josephson, a young woman living in Israel who joins the Israeli army to serve heroically for her country. Upon completing her service, she moves to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming an actress but finds herself constantly cast only as a Middle Eastern villain. Just as her native country wrestles with the world’s false perceptions, Yafit must decide how far she’s willing to go to challenge, change, or accept how others see her, and what she is willing to risk to fulfill her dreams and destiny.
_New Eyes _explores universal themes of self-esteem, family, identity and cultural differences. Josephson portrays over 18 characters from five different countries as she conveys her riveting and uplifting story, as she sees the world, and it sees her, through new eyes. The show consistently sold out during its initial run at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks and is suitable for guests age 8 and up.
Yafit Josephson (Actress & Co-Writer) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Ramat-Hasharon, Israel. As a daughter of an Israeli filmmaker, who produced two classic Israeli movies, _Charlie Va’hetzi _and Hagiga Ba’Snuker, Yafit was exposed to the entertainment industry at an early age. As a little girl, she recalls looking at the movie set pictures of her father’s films and imagining herself as an actress. She started practicing by reciting famous lines from both of the movies, as all Israelis do to this day, and promised to herself that she would pursue acting professionally one day.
At age 18, she began to serve in the Israeli Defense Force as part of her mandatory service to her country. In 2003, after two years of service, Yafit decided to move to Los Angeles to study acting and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. Shortly after, Yafit got accepted to the USC School of Theatre with a full scholarship. Throughout her time at USC, she acted in a number of productions, including The Threepenny Opera, The Ash Girl, Our Country’s Good, The Vagina Monologues, Medea and Pentecost.
Yafit wrote and performed two solo performance pieces, The Skies of Tel-Aviv and I’ve Gotta Go, which describe her journey as an Israeli soldier. Yafit’s recent role was with The Jewish Hebrew Stage, where she played the lead role of the Prime Minister, Praxagora, in the Israeli play Memshelet Nashim (Women in Council).