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Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Avenue South Pasadena, CA 91030
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 7 members
Review from rickidee
Red Velvet 87 events 36 reviews

This was one of the most interesting pieces of theater we've seen in a very long time. It was well-written, well-acted, and incorporated excerpts from the original radio show that inspired the play. A fascinating look at working-class Jewish life...continued

reviewed Jul 21 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Michael
22 events 8 reviews

This was an interesting attempt to bring Lower East Side life of the Jews to the stage. Three cases brought before a Rabbi who carried these cases live on the radio. Had trouble identifying with any of the characters. They didn't seem like...continued

reviewed Jul 29 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
30 events 6 reviews

This was my first visit to this theater, and it won't be my last. I enjoyed everything about the evening--the intimate theater, the friendly staff and volunteers, and of curse the play itself. South of delancey wasnt the nostalgic "fluffy"piece...continued

reviewed Jul 28 2011 report as inappropriate
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A world Premiere Written & Created by Karen Sommers

Before Judge Judy…Before Jerry Springer…in the streets of New York City in 1940…real life drama found its voice on public radio.

Based on historic reel-to-reel recordings salvaged from a dumpster, the play South of Delancey takes you back in time to relive the culture, the struggles, and the triumphs of America’s first live reality show.

South of Delancey follows the story of Faye Cohen — a young woman who marries a man she loves but doubts his feelings for her due to their brisk marriage during the start of World War II.  The story continues with a peek into the lives of the Bitterman sisters, two resentful sisters with drastically different lives who must learn to live together. Then get a glimpse of the trials and tribulations of Herman and Lilly, a lustful couple who marry to save face during the conservative times of the 1940s.  These are stories of the human struggle in America during the troubled time of war and is a recreation of the community of the Lower East Side when Rabbi Rubin’s court was on air.

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