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Theater J at Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
202-777-3210
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"New Jerusalem"
102 ratings
4.8 average rating
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30 events
7 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 26 2010

The staging was breathtaking. I felt as though I was part of proceedings. Wit, dialogue,and intensity of content allowed for ongoing discussion after the show was over. I did have a problem with the diversity of dress. Very confusing. Marsha

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87 events
8 reviews
4 stars
attended Jun 27 2010

The play is fascinating! Nicely staged, beautifully acted, witty, and we are recommending it to all our friends.

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Gary L.
37 events
31 reviews
4 stars
attended Jul 08 2010

Well acted, well staged, well directed. A thinking person's delight.

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Quotes & Highlights

“Mr. Ives’s humor has always mixed the cerebral with the silly… his daring leap into metaphysics is… an engrossing primer on Spinoza’s radical thinking.” —New York Times
“A gallery of intriguing characters, nonstop enlightened argument and even – hold the phone – a socko finish. This is no dry exercise in pedagogy; it’s a vigorous act of theatrical investigation.” —Washington Post
“Cracklingly sarcastic, effortlessly intellectual…I trudged in feeling a little beat from a long Monday, and I ended up staying for the talk-back.”  —Washington City Paper

  • *It is a rare instance when a performance can take centuries old philosophy and make it seem fresh, exciting, and relevant, but Theater J has pulled it off with their scintillating production of New Jerusalem…The confluence of David Ives’ smart, provocative script, Jeremy Skidmore’s powerful direction, and the polished performances of his talented cast has resulted in a fascinating, soul-searching look into mankind’s struggle to define God and our relationship to the divine."  --DC Theatre Scene

Description

The witty theological drama, New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656,__ __returns to the Goldman Theater after a hit run in 2010. The play follows young philosopher Baruch de Spinoza as he faces excommunication from the Jewish community for his provocative, subversive new ideas. With his special blend of cerebral language and wry humor, critically-acclaimed playwright David Ives gives Spinoza a chance to defend himself in front of a community of critics in a courtroom clash between religion and rationalism.

Written by**: **David Ives

Directed by: Jeremy Skidmore

Featuring: Featuring Helen Hayes Award Nominees Alexander Strain and Michael Tolaydo with Lawrence Redmond , Michael Kramer, Brandon McCoy, Colleen Delany and Emma Jaster.  

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