Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

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Who knew that hiring a "Domestic Import" would trigger a pistol-packin' game of Russian roulette that would fill every chamber of the house with émigrés out of a production of "Dr. Zhivago?" From Russia with ... laughs? It is now for Cherry Hill, N.J.'s Andrea Malamut. But it was no laughing matter way back when the ad executive faced a...
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Can we ... kvell? Sure, Joan Rivers, go right ahead; after all, there's much to kvell about! "I'll be doing the Keswick [in Glenside] on Oct. 28, then there's my special on Bravo, that's Oct. 24, then I'll be in Atlantic City Oct. 20 and 21 ... " Will the airlines allow such a weighty schedule as carry-on? And carry...
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Alan Zweibel's never Short on imagination
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The one man to see for one-man shows is Alan Zweibel. The go-to guy of "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me" and "Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays" doesn't have his name in the shows' titles, but those shows wouldn't have earned their titles as high-tone hits without his epigrammatic if not eponymous contributions. The back story of this guy who prefers to...
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The short and tumultuous life of German Jewish critic Walter Benjamin
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Walter Benjamin was a German Jewish writer, critic and theorist who was known, in his brief lifetime, to only a small circle of admirers and friends. His posthumous fame has grown over the years, inside and outside of academia, despite the difficult nature of the bulk of his writings. The burgeoning of interest in Benjamin has been due in no...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
When she was a senior at Wesleyan College in Connecticut, Karen Gross chose an unusual senior project. Instead of examining some arcane subject, she decided to write, produce and star in a play, complete with 11 characters. It was based on interviews that she'd done on the experiences of young women as travelers. "That project keyed into my interests in...
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