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Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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We ate at Boneyard Bistro ahead of the show. It was fast and delicious, a great way to enjoy a relaxing and delicious dinner before the show. You can valet park at the restaurant and stay for the show.
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The Great Greek restaurant not only has xlnt food, there is free valet parking, open till 11pm & walking distance to Smart People.
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"New Eyes"
21 ratings
4.7 average rating
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130 events
39 reviews
18 stars
attended Feb 10 2011

I was rather disappointed in this production which was more of a pedestrian polemic than an insightful understanding of Israeli society
(other than stereotypes) or acting. After all, an actress is supposed to pretend to be what she's not and...continued

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82 reviews
17 stars
attended Feb 19 2011

We loved this show. Yaffi put every bit of her heart and soul into it and her expressions and mannerisms of various characters were spot-on. The story-line held our interest so much so that the whole thing seemed to fly by, and we wished for more....continued

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1 review
2 stars
attended Feb 19 2011

Yafit was excellent! She is talented, creative, witty, and full of energy. I enjoyed the messages behind the stories GREAT JOB!

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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. —
Check out what Goldstar members had to say who saw the show at L.A.‘s Odyssey Theatre and the Pasadena Playhouse
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
Watch this hit show’s promo video on YouTube.


Written by Yafit Josephson & Suzanne Bressler

Directed by Sammie Wayne

New Eyes explores the universal themes of self-esteem, family, identity and cultural differences. Yafit Josephson portrays more than 18 characters from more than 5 different countries as she conveys her riveting and uplifting story, as she sees the world, and it sees her, through New Eyes.

Yafit Josephson (Actress & Co-Writer) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Ramat-Hasharon, Israel, since she was two years old. As a daughter of an Israeli filmmaker who produced two famous comedic 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 watching her father’s movies and imagining herself as an actress. She started practicing by reciting famous lines from both of the movies and promised to herself that she will pursue acting professionally one of these days. 

At the age of 18, she began to serve in the Israel Defense Force as part of her mandatory service to her country. After two years of service, Yafit decided to move to Los Angeles in 2003 to study acting and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. Shortly after, Yafit got accepted to the University of Southern California School of Theatre with a full scholarship and graduated in May of 2008. Throughout her time at USC, she acted in a number of productions, such as The Threepenny Opera, Ash Girl, Our Country’s Good, The Vagina Monologues and Pentecost. Yafit learned about the art of Solo Performance and received her training at USC. She wrote and performed two short solo performance pieces, “The Skies of Tel-Aviv” and “I’ve Gotta Go”, which describe her journey as an Israeli soldier. 

Following graduation, Yafit began writing her full-length one-woman show, together with her co-writer Suzanne Bressler, while teaching Hebrew and Judaic Studies through the use of drama, improvisation, movement and games at two Jewish schools. After a year and a half of intense writing, she finally brought New Eyes to life on stage in July 2010.