Choose to see “The Chosen” at Fountain Theatre

 

In my 10th grade AP English class at Fairfax High, I was given a reading list with The Chosen by Chaim Potok as my favorite pick! Now, from page to screen to stage, The Fountain Theatre presents The Chosen, directed by Simon Levy and starring Jonathan Arkin, Alan Blumenfeld, Dor Gvirtsman, and Sam Mandel.
The play opens with Reuven Malter (Mandel) and Danny Saunders (Gvirtsman)meeting on the baseball field, antagonistic toward each other at first, but then leaning in to understanding and ultimately a deep friendship. Both with  Orthodox upbringings, Danny is a genius, with secular, worldly interests, a passion for psychology, and only speaks with his father, Reb Saunders (Blumenfeld), when engaging in Talmud; while Reuven comes from a Zionist family, with a kind, empathetic father, David Malter (Arkin), a modern Orthodox Rabbi.  I recommend this play to all ages, genders and religions for its universal appeal.  Much more than sports rivalries, the story delves into religious differences including dogma, faith, and tradition. The amazing friendship that these two young men develop is the essence of the story and their connection is truly palpable. The passages of dialogue (and even sounds of silence) reflect the profound rite of passage from boyhood to young adulthood, particularly between the sons and their fathers. These characters bring to life onstage the fictional world that Potok conjured.

through March 25. Saturdays 8pm; Sundays 2pm; Mondays 8pm

The Fountain Theatre. 5060 Fountain Ave

(323)663-1525  www.fountaintheatre.com

Advertisements

About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at www.examiner.com and www.tolucantimes.com my email is bonniedeb13@hotmail.com
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s