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Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 102 members
Review from Bob D
Red Velvet 212 events 27 reviews

If you're up for theater of ideas, this is as good as Washington theater gets!

reviewed Jul 04 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Gail Weigl
Red Velvet 53 events 17 reviews

This is a well-written play by the inventive and highly intelligent playwrite David Ives. The script is fast paced and subtle, and the key questions surrounding Spinoza's excommunication are well-handles, not to mention, it's a great introduction...continued

reviewed Mar 21 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Donna Ward
Red Velvet 60 events 15 reviews

Smart, thought provoking and well acted

reviewed Mar 03 2012 report as inappropriate
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“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


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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