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THEATER REVIEW: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ plays at Hartford Stage through June 23

I don’t always recommend solo performances, but this one is that rare exception. It is a must see!

Alan Chartock: On being Jewish

In truth, some Jews run counter to the mythology. Nevertheless, there are some cultural norms that exist among Jews.

Alan Chartock: Hurtful language, exclusionary quotas

Andrew Cuomo got early lessons about the insidious anti-Italian prejudice that existed when his father Mario, a brilliant graduating law student, could not get a job interview with a prominent law firm in New York.

REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘If I Forget’ sophisticated but only half way there

With a plot this rich, expectations for what happens run high, but Act 2, set six months later, sadly disappoints.

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s superb ‘If I Forget’ is a theatrical gem

When history and religious background lead the intellectual way to drama and all the factors work perfectly—as they do in this fine play—all we have to do is sit back and let the characters take us where they must.

Alan Chartock: Democrats are their own worst enemy

A young liberal group styled after AOC has decided to oust the Democratic lions in the House by taking them on in primaries.

Alan Chartock: Playing the Israel card

One can always be cynical about the motives of politicians when they do things like travel to Israel, as Cuomo has done.

FILM REVIEW: ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ profiles the astonishing life of famous sexpert

This 4-foot-7-inch dynamo with a thick German accent connected with her audience because of her candor and her good intuitive advice.

‘Battle Fatigue’: An artist’s meditation on her father and World War II

Her father never spoke of these experiences. It wasn’t until about a year ago, when she became concerned that this treasure might fall apart, that Nina thought about telling her father’s story and, in the process, gaining insight into this enigmatic man and her relationship with him.

In aftermath of Pittsburgh synagogue assault, interfaith vigil offers solidarity against hatred and violence

The most powerful words of the evening might have come from Talia Ben Sasson-Gordis, senior associate regional director at the Anti-Defamation League in Boston: "The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference."

Mary Gendler: A life of peaceful protest

It was during an audience with the Dalai Lama the very next month that the Gendlers suggested the Tibetans might have more success if they learned new ways to struggle nonviolently.

AUDIOBOOKS: Comedic audiobooks

Summer is over, school has started, the days are growing shorter — it’s time for a laugh.

LEONARD QUART: Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKKKlansman’ shows political passion

Spike Lee's new film "BlacKKKlansman" contains some flaws but, though set in the 1970s, often transcends its weaknesses to heavy-handedly but powerfully evoke our current Trump-dominated era, one in which an unembarrassed racist is in power and the alt-right, including neo-Nazis, has been resurrected.

Chanukah: Renewing the Light

It is during the darkest season, usually quite close to the winter solstice, that the Jewish people rededicate themselves to increasing light in our world.

Robin Gossett, beloved Eisner day camp founder and director, is retiring

"One of the things I believe in is how important it is to dedicate ourselves to the next generation, to help them feel good about who they are, and give them independence to grow up to be confident adults." -- Robin Gossett, founder and director of the Eisner Camp day camp program
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