King of the Jews: World premiere of Leslie Epstein's Intense WWII Drama
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The last date listed for King of the Jews was Sunday April 12, 2009 / 7:45pm.
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Featured review from Gary Maker
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It's rather bad when the best thing I can start my comments with is how attractive the set was. Except for the two decades out of place phone on the wall. ... There is a very serious subject here about the conflicts within each individual & group put in charge by their occupiers of the other people of their Jewish faith. Should there be guilt for sending this & that 100 to a labor (death) camp. The Germans shifting the weight of choice of who lives & dies to the very people themselves. Another of the forms of "divide and conquer."
I felt not one bit of dramatic intensity as the characters are forced
to become the arbiters of life and death.
Had the presentation been able to grab me dramaticly I don't think I would have been as bothered by all the Jewish & gay stereotypes represented in the story.
Many of the actors I've seen before & in this case they are much better than the material they have taken on. Still they seemed like cardboard cutouts of real people. And the act two monologue by the young boy was when I really started to look at my watch & wonder when he would ever stop his endless uninteresting delivery of a speech.
Sorry to say this is not one of Olney Theatre Centers shining moments.
<p>Olney brings you the world premiere of an intense drama that rivals Schindler's List. Adapted from the acclaimed book by the same name, King of the Jews dares to explore the excruciating moral dilemma of the Judenrat, the group of Jewish officials in the ghettos of Europe who were forced to collaborate with the Nazis. It is a compelling story of power, politics, despair, and courage.</p>
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Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. One of two state theaters of Maryland, OTC is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities.
An award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre Center operates under an Actors' Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract, one of only three theaters in the country to operate under such a contract.
In addition to its mainstage season, which emphasizes 20th-century American classics, new works, area premieres, reinterpretations of classics and musical theater, OTC offers a wide range of programs and affiliations including: National Players, America's longest running classical touring company (since 1949), which performs for high school and college audiences in over 25 states; Potomac Theatre Project, which offers experimental and alternative plays that explore provocative and challenging human situations, ideas and visions; special school performances of mainstage shows; a free Summer Shakespeare Festival; and post-show discussions.