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LOOKING THROUGH GLASS Jewish Repertory Theatre/The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre
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May 24, 2019, 15:48
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Through June 2
LOOKING THROUGH GLASS Jewish Repertory Theatre/The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre


One of the major tropes of fiction is the great doctor with a troubled personal life.
That’s Leah (Arin Lee Dandes), a trauma doc engaged to a seemingly much older guy, Shmuel (Angelo J. Heimowitz).
Then, she meets Jacob (Zachary Bellus), a midwestern guy who seems more her type, in "Looking Through Glass."
The plot is centered on the old Jewish fable of the Dybbuk, the spirit who can take over a person.
Here, David Lundy is An-sky, the writer who told the story on paper for the first time, a century ago.
We’re between two worlds, reality and the mystic world of the Dybbuk, as Leah questions if the marriage is a good idea when Jacob seems her soul mate and isn’t every person going into a marriage looking for a soul mate?
Shmuel is a nice enough guy, a jeweler who wants to buy Leah and protect her, ignoring the fact that anyone who has made it through the gantlet of pre-med, med, residency and into a med career is pretty tough.
Leah’s mom, Miriam (Tina Rausa), wants the marriage to go forward, suspecting her daughter needs more stability in her life besides the certainty of ever more bodies dragged in off ambulances.
She’s also suspicious of Jacob and his tangled personal history.
Clearly, you think you know where this is all going.
Ken Kaissar makes sure this isn’t the story you are expecting to unroll on the JRT stage.
Director Saul Elkin has a strong cast and an interesting set from David Dwyer.
It isn’t called the Jewish Rep for nothing, since this play dives deeply into Jewish mysticism, not necessarily familiar to a goy like me.
You can slide past that and just follow the story.
Elkin gets really strong performances from his cast, particularly Lundy and Bellus.
Let the dybbuk take over your mind in the seats and see “Looking through Glass.”

A.W.

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