The Arts Fuse praises Israeli Stage as Best of Boston 2013

Ian Thal of of The Arts Fuse praises Israeli Stage as Best of Boston 2013

“Given the number of words I have expended already covering Guy Ben-Aharon’s projects, there is no hiding my admiration for his work. Quite simply, among his Israeli Stage, German Stage (which he co-produces with the Goethe-Institut Boston), and now Swiss Stage (with Swissnex, the Swiss consulate) he is doing more to expose Boston audiences to contemporary foreign plays than anyone in town. Given the consistent quality of the scripts and casts, it’s hard to single a production out. So I will salute two: Marianna Salzmann’s Mameloschn presented by the German Stage, which portrayed three generations of Jewish women living in East, and later unified, Germany after WWII; and, with Israeli Stage, Hanoch Levin’s The Whore From Ohio which, were I to describe it as a ribald offspring of Scheherazadee and Samuel Beckett, would only scratch the surface. With some of our city’s larger cultural institutions having more money than they can spend in a responsible manner, some patrons of the arts need to step up to the plate and put their philanthropy where it can do the most good — so that Ben-Aharon can present some full productions in addition to staged readings.”

Category 2013-14 Season, Press