Mountain Jews, a Tragicomedy about American Jewish Settlers in Israel
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A rotating cast of Broadway and international artists performs highlights from the acclaimed revival of the long-running off-Broadway revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris in a cabaret setting. Tony Award-nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Kevin Del Aguila (composer of Altar Boyz) and Tamra Hayden (Cabaret) are among the artists participating in the show, which includes such Brel favorites as "Carousel," "If We Only Have Love" and "Ne Mes Quitte Pas." Learn More
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The show has an interesting premise, with a naive enthusiastic spiritual young man bringing his narcicistic bride to a mountain in Israel for the consumation of their union. This all in the context of bombs going off around has interesting potential. It doesn't realize the full potential but it is ok in this regard. However, once they introduce an Arab who comes to humorously rape them, it loses it... Humor can help people get along, as they realize that they shouldn't take themselves too seriously-- but making fun (or even ridicule) of others doesn't do it. I find the sense of humor in this play to be more shameful than artful.
Mountain Jews tells the story of the righteous Isaac, a young Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn who observes his community’s laws and never dates women. When he finally gets married, Isaac schleps his new bride to a dark and sacred mountain in Israel directly below the “Gate of Paradise” (see pix below) in order to consummate their marriage in a Holy Spot. His bride, known in the USA as “the most beautiful, Kosher American Jewess in the North East and the Bible belt,” prefers to spend the night eating some fresh rugelach (cookies) instead. When the cookies are finished and Isaac is just about to get his wish, a creature calling himself Prophet Muhammad suddenly shows up and declares that unless he gets the bride for himself, “my followers will blow themselves up in Gaza, Mali, Detroit, Denmark, Pakistan, Chicago and al-Quds to protect my lost honor.” But before this Prophet can get any bride he must contend with a Jewish Goddess, mother of all Divas, who also shows up on the mountain and has her own set of demands.