Israeli theater tackles madness, lobotomy, electroshock

Israel’s Habimah Theater Finally Arrives Stateside
By Mr. Raphael Mostel

For its first New York visit in 40 years, the renowned National Theater of Israel, Habimah, will present two fact-based modern dramas involving Jewish children growing up with a parent veering into madness.

The main production comprises four evening performances, from September 18 to September 21, of the big-scale “Kaddish L’Naomi,” Habimah’s theatrical adaptation of Allen Ginsberg’s searing memorial poem for his mother. It will be performed in Hebrew with English subtitles, multimedia and a cast of nine. On September 20 and September 21, there will also be two matinee performances of the small-scale “Summer of Aviyah,” Gila Almagor’s one-woman dramatic adaptation of her famous coming-of-age memoir of her own mother, performed in English.The run is a major showcase for Almagor, Israel’s most acclaimed actress, as she will also star at Naomi in the Ginsberg show.

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