In this solo piece, Barry Levey takes you on an around-the-world adventure as he tracks down Holocaust deniers from Illinois to Iran, on a journey to discover the shocking truth. More…
What role should past horrors play in defining our religious views, our self-perception, even our politics? Is there such a thing as a contemporary Jewish identity independent of the Holocaust? Should there be? What if the Holocaust had never happened?
“A passionate, provocative, and timely look at the Nazi Holocaust and its implications for contemporary Jews, anti-racist activists, and the state of Israel...Standing on a bare stage...Levey paces...His tone is intimate, evocative, and often personal. He’s thoughtful, and despite many humorous asides and quips, the reality that Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism can co-exist with Palestinian oppression leads the play to a gut-churning denouement. It’s powerful.” Full Review
for a previous production “A challenging and intelligent solo show...’Hoaxocaust!’ has appeared in NY before, but with the latest war in Gaza and rising anti-Semitism in Europe, the themes are more relevant than ever. Levey has updated the text...making the show feel ripped from the headlines...People of all political and cultural stripes will encounter moments of rage and revelation over the course of this 70-minute affair...This is worthwhile and timely theater of the highest order.” Full Review
for a previous production “Sharp and insightful, simultaneously funny and thought-provoking and oftentimes surprisingly angst-inducing...Levey is incredibly engaging, addressing the audience directly throughout and often throwing out humorous little side notes that make the whole presentation feel pleasantly off the cuff...Every time you think things have gotten to a point at which there can’t be anything funny to say, he lands an apt pop-culture reference that breaks the tension.” Full Review
for a previous production “Levy is such a dynamic performer...’Hoaxocaust’ is thoughtful, witty, and accessible. Its discussion of Jewish culture and of how these factors play out in Levy’s family life is incredibly focused, nuanced, and darkly comic. But what’s even more fascinating than Levy’s adventures in Holocaust denial land is his subversive commentary on storytelling, truth, and lies...The ending of the show pulls the rug out from under the audience’s feet.” Full Review
for a previous production “A thought-provoking, very topical satire on Judaism, identity, and current events in Israel...Levey’s show will no doubt strike a nerve with Fringe attendees but he skillfully raises questions about religion and politics with humor, earning laughs from a subject that many might think is too sacred to get such a treatment. For those looking for a show with substance, Levey makes for a compelling inclusion in the festival.” Full Review
for a previous production “’Hoaxacaust!’ takes on many thorny subjects...Levey creates a character who is so engaging and likable that the truth becomes more difficult to discern...There are more controversial and provocative ideas crammed into the 70-minute 'Hoaxacaust!' than in most plays on or off-Broadway...Levey takes the audience down a variety of twisted paths as he explores the netherworld of Holocaust denial, finding laughs in a lot of strange places. The questions he asks are serious, however.” Full Review
for a previous production “A compelling, thought-provoking, emotional, can't stop thinking about...I have not been so moved, riled up, and pushed forward with thoughts in a long time...The message of Barry's show seeped deep into my head. For the first time, I thought, could these deniers be right?...With what Barry presented, I could see how someone who's not as strong-willed as me could truly believe these deniers.” Full Review
for a previous production "Levey is funny and engaging...His story feels so genuine, his presence so intimate that you can't help but give your mind and heart over to him as he plays with the relativity of truth...’Hoaxocaust!’ will surprise you, amuse you, and might even anger you a bit. But it will make you think and rethink long after the curtains close. And that is something rare and wonderful to find.” Full Review
for a previous production "It’s a riot of doubt, convoluted facts, and, ultimately, self-affirmation. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll leave not ready to speak to anyone until you’ve had a little while to process it. Levey made it impossible for me not to watch this as a Jew...One of the reasons I couldn’t really speak about the play upon leaving the theater was that I was so disturbed by how, if you don’t zoom out like he does, potentially anybody could be suckered into denial if they don’t really know the facts." Full Review
See it if you are overwhelmed by how easy lies are being believed and facts are being manipulated.
Don't see it if you are easily offended or take things out of context without waiting for the big picture.
See it if Want to see intelligent, infuriating, perplexing, irritating, sometimes funny solo show about a timely, relevant & politically LOADED topic.
Don't see it if This is a bare bones piece about a (gay) Jewish man's journey to debunk or affirm the existence of the Holocaust. It triggers everyone.
See it if you want to experience a big "WTF???" w/in the first few minutes. Do your homework. Read show's description carefully. It's quite accurate.
Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows. Part stand-up, part informative presentation. Not the best venue @ first (cold & dark); it actually works..
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