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Go ‘The Full Monty’ at SDSU

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — In 2005, I was part of a theatre troupe touring high schools in South Bay. During the Q&A, one girl asked if nudity was necessary to be “a complete actor.” When it was my turn to respond, I said, “Ain’t nobody gonna pay good money to see me […]

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Go on a campy odyssey ‘Into the Beautiful North’

We need a real strong man to take over this town…which means, we need a woman. By Eric George Tauber   SAN DIEGO — With all the talk of immigration and of “those people taking our jobs” it’s easy to forget the other side of the coin: emigration. There are pueblos in Mexico virtually devoid […]

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Savour the rich texture of Red Velvet

“Theatre is a political act, a debate of our times.” By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — In Theatre History class, I had read about Ira Aldridge, the first African-American to earn fame as a Shakespearean actor. On a tour of Europe, Aldridge made such an impression on Georg II, the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, that he […]

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“Awake and Sing!” is like life… only more so

Oh, let your dead revive! Let corpses arise! Awake and sing for joy, You who dwell in the dust… (Isa. 26:19, JPS Tanakh) By Eric George Tauber CARLSBAD, California — When I first read the press release for Awake and Sing! it rang a bell, something from a college textbook about its significance in the history […]

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Hearts break together for ‘The Blameless’

“Every time I read this play, I feel less alone.” –GT Upchurch  (Performances Magazine, p.11) By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Meet the Garcia family. They don’t discuss things in the Garcia house. They yell. And the exclamation points are followed by tense, pregnant silences. Today, Mama is fit to be tied. Her daughter Theresa […]

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The ‘Body and Soul’ of American jazz

“There’s no bum like a ‘pretty good artist’ and I think you’re ‘pretty good.’” –Johnny Green’s father By Eric George Tauber LA JOLLA, California –The 2017 San Diego Jewish Film Festival has come and gone. With eighty different screenings at five venues –with filmmakers traveling from as far as Hungary and Israel- and selling more […]

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World of mystery at Fleet Science Center

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Just the other day, I was explaining the term “spoiler” to my ESL students. If you wrote a who-done-it called “The Butler did it,” no one would read it because it’s the mental gymnastics it takes to untangle a web of intrigue that makes it worthwhile. Now at […]

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‘Bad Jews’: A fight for ‘life’ after a death

  ‘Bad Jews’ will start conversations By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — What is precious to us? What little keepsakes do we hang onto that may hold little monetary value to others but are priceless to us? Such an item was Poppy’s chai, a little trinket of the Hebrew letters chet and yud  that […]

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Closeted composer suffered in Czarist Russia

“Nothing is perfect in Nature. Nature is perfect imperfection.” -PI Tchaikovsky By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO–When Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky listened to birdsong, he noticed that they were just a little less than perfect, but these imperfections made them more beautiful. And so he threw some “wrong” notes into his arpeggios, making them more natural […]

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Discussing ‘Bad Jews with Rob Lutfy

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews is coming to the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, Jan 12-Feb 12, 2017. It’s not a diatribe against us. It’s about us, about the tensions and divisions within the tribe that pit us against each other. I sat down and spoke with the director, Rob […]

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1940s Radio Hour a delightful holiday break

  By Eric George Tauber CARLSBAD, California — Once upon a time, families huddled around wooden boxes in rapt attention. The radio gave us our news, music, comedy and drama. Sound effects planted pictures in our minds and our imaginations took it from there. This was the world of Walton Jones’ 1940s Radio Hour playing at […]

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Museum vandalism attacked America’s ideals

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Inside Liberty Station (the old Naval Training Center in Point Loma) lies the New Americans Museum. I had passed by it several times feeling that I should check it out “one of these days,” but hadn’t had a reason to until I heard this news: Over Thanksgiving weekend, […]

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If the Grinch stole Chanukah…

  By Eric George Tauber If the Grinch had stolen Chanukah, Only a handful of whos would’ve noticed. In the midst of the the Whoville mish-mosh Were there Jew-Whos making a minyan For a kosher Beis Midrash? With no candles lit, would they have still said their brochos, Or shlumped in despair sitting down on […]

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‘Disgraced’ cooks with fire

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — How far can you run from yourself? Playwright Ayad Akhtar gives us Amir, a man born in America to Pakistani Muslim parents. But he describes his heritage as “Indian” because Americans find it less threatening. Amir calls the Koran “one long hate-mail to humanity.” He felt that he […]

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