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.
Currently at Olney Theatre Center - Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
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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.
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I thought this show was terrific. Really, it was the writing that shined, because while most the acting was pretty good (not bad, not great -- although the German in the white suit who forced them to become Nazi minions stole the entire show!). I...continued
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.