Smash-Hit Comedy Oh God

Smash-Hit Comedy Oh God

Anat Gov’s Smash-Hit Comedy, Oh God

Produced by Israeli Stage :: Season 6 :: All Female Playwrights

Presented at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA (April 2016) and Produced in Partnership at the Chester Theatre Company in Chester, MA (July 2016) 

Winner of the Boston Theatre Critics Association’s 2017 Elliot Norton Award for Best Production and Best Actress 

Written by Anat Gov :: Translated by Anthony Berris

Directed by Guy Ben-Aharon :: Featuring Will Lyman*, Maureen Keiller*

Production Stage Managed by Adele Nadine Traub* with designs by Skylar Burks/Darby Smotherman (Sound), Ron De Marco (Props), Scott Pinkney**/Lara Dubin** (Lighting), Charles Schnoomaker** (Costume) and Cristina Todesco** (Set)

This production was made possible thanks to the generosity of Nancy and Mark Belsky and the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, Inc., Judi & Douglas Krupp and Lizbeth & George Krupp, additional support provided by IAC Boston.

Oh God explores the meaning of God in a secular society – the clash between the Biblical quest for answers from a higher power and the modern day quest for self-analysis with our new deity, the therapist. In this witty, poignant and touching play, a psychotherapist named Ella, single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new, desperate patient, God.


Boston Arts Diary: “Humor that is Compelling and Spontaneous” and “Evocative, Thoughtful and Beautifully Done!” Munitz writes, “A maiden voyage of sorts for an emerging Boston-area theater that shows great promise with each step forward.” …read more at BostonArtsDiary.com

Boston Globe Review: “Genuine emotion,” “Wryly incisive comedy,” “First Rate Production” & “For a play so concerned about divinity, it’s utterly human.” …read more at BostonGlobe.com

Boston Globe Feature: “Anat Gov’s play Oh God, which, in possibly the most Jewish conceit of all time, explores what happens when God decides to seek psychotherapy.” …read more at BostonGlobe.com

EdgeMedia Network: “Sharp-edged, fearless comedy.” “Gov probes tough corners of the human psyche” says Melloy. “[Set Designer] Cristina Todesco creates a space redolent with meaning.” …read more at EdgeMediaNetwork.com

Jewish Advocate: “Keiller and Lyman, under Ben-Aharon’s taut direction, make the progression of the therapy from volatile arguing to an unusual but satisfying détente both affecting and entertaining,” writes Becker. “Ben-Aharon’s sublime staging of Oh God and his company’s ongoing commitment to the riches of Israeli theater are a singular blessing.” …read more at theJewishAdvocate.com

JewishBoston.com: “Bittersweet and Poignant,” “An exploration of contemporary spirituality.” …read more at JewishBoston.com

Jewish Journal: “No one has the gravitas that Will [Lyman] does.” Munitz writes, “Everyone in the audience [is] laughing and crying!”

Joyce’s Choices: “A Wondrous Exchange”, “Witty and Soulful,” and “Hilarious and Poignant.”‪ Oh God is “profoundly funny!” “See this immediately!” …read more at JoycesChoices.com

MetroWest Daily News: “Impressive” & “Thought-provoking!” and “Sensitively directed by Ben-Aharon.” …read more at MetroWestDailyNews.com

The Arts Fuse: Witty,” filled with “Nuanced, multi-leveled performances.” Thal writes, “Anat Gov’s imagination transforms comedy into an inquiry both mystic and tragic.” …read more at ArtsFuse.org

WBUR’s The Artery“Clever,” full of “Irony and Conviction,” and Keiller is “Sharp-Edged and Vulnerable.” …read more at artery.WBUR.org


DIALOGUE 

At Israeli Stage, dialogue is a part of your experience. Here is who led dialogues for Oh God:

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson is the newest Rabbi and Education Director at Temple Israel Boston; Jennifer Knust is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University and author of Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire, as well as many other books and essays; Rebecca Goldstein, is Visiting Professor in the Depts. of English and Philosophy at NYU, author of The Mind-Body Problem, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, Plato at the Googleplex, and 7 other books, and recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Humanities; Steven Pinker is Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and the author of 10 books on language, mind, and human nature, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has DeclinedKaryn Leviton Cohen, Director of Jacobson Family Foundation; Jody Adams, James Beard Award winning chef and visionary behind two of Massachusetts’ most well-known restaurants: Rialto, in Harvard Square, and TRADE, in Boston’s Seaport District; Jonathan Soroff, Lead Columnist for the Improper Bostonian MagazineRabbi Elaine Zecher is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel of Boston; Judith Lytel is a clinical psychologist and Neurofeedback practitioner in private practice in Sudbury; Maria Eugenia Panero, PhD Candidate in Psychology at Boston College; James Leffert, Ed.D, Psychologist; Na’ama Ore, Boston Regional Director of IAC; Laura Mandel, Executive Director of Jewish Arts Collaborative; Sally Taylor is an artist, musician and the Founder of CONSESNSES, a project dedicated to unifying communities, enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the eradication of boundaries between mediums, and the exploration of human perception; Pnina Lahav, Professor of Law and Law Alumni Scholar and Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies Professor at Boston University; Dox Waxman, Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies, Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies, Co-Director of Middle East Center at Northeastern University; Diane O’Donoghue is the Senior Fellow for the Humanities at Tisch College at Tufts University and a member and on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Director Guy Ben-Aharon and Actors Will Lyman and Maureen Keiller

 

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