In The Press – Apples from the Desert | March, 2012 tour

Broadway World | March 2012

“Beginning Israeli Stage in November 2010, Ben-Aharon hopes to fuse our preconceived notions of Israel with the realities of Israeli culture, in order to create an innovative theatrical experience for the Boston community and beyond…”


Harvard Arts | March 2012

“Born in Israel, Guy Ben Aharon is the producing artistic director and founder of Israeli Stage, which is currently touring Apples from the Desert by award-winning Israeli playwright Savyon Liebrecht…”

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Jewish Journal | March 2012

“Israeli-born producer/ director Guy Ben-Aharon is captivating thespians, educators and audiences with his vision, theatrical skill and knowledge. He’s a young man with a burning mission that’s catching on like wildfire — to connect American audiences to Israeli narratives, producing Israeli plays, with English-speaking American actors…”


The Arts Fuse | March 2012

“Israeli Stage’s readings are consistently the best attended in the Boston area thus demonstrating that there is a great appetite for Israeli culture beyond folk dance and hummus…”


The Jewish Advocate | March 2012

“Ben-Aharon, producing artistic director, is blessed with a strong ensemble of seasoned and young actors. Dale Place conveys Reuven’s volatile emotions, as he shifts from rage to reconciliation. Kathleen Donohue brings out Victoria’s inner strength as her love for her daughter emboldens her to stand up to domineering Reuven. Sheila Stasack supplies insight as well as humor as the supportive Sarah. Rebecca Schneebaum balances Rivka’s conflicting desires to build a future with Dooby and to honor her parents. Grant MacDermott’s understated work as nonjudgmental and loving Dooby is a standout. In introducing the 90- minute , Ben-Aharon said, “At a time when women’s rights are being challenged around the world and in my native country of Israel, it’s important to make sure women get their rights.” Each in her own way, the three women of “Apples from the Desert” assert their independence…”


Jewish Boston | March 2012

“This past week, our Cambridge group got to meet with the three other Eser groups at Hebrew College in Newton. We began with a delicious kosher pizza dinner and schmoozing followed by an Israeli Stage performance of “Apples from the Desert.”  It was an amazing play about an Orthodox Sephardic Jewish family living in Jerusalem whose daughter moved away to live on a kibbutz with a secular Ashkenazi boy…” 




Category 2011-12 Season, Press, Touring Show