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Wrestling Jerusalem

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

59E59 Theaters and Srolik Productions presents one man's journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, set in America, Israel, and Palestine. More…

Writer and performer Aaron Davidman's excavation into the contours of conflict illuminates a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history, and social justice. Davidman gives voice to 17 different characters, animating their struggles, barriers, and soul searching, shedding light and offering hope in the midst of the most enduring battle of our time.

Member Reviews (13)


Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense
Avg Score

Great writing, Original, Profound, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want to taste the experience of various segments of the Middle East conflict. Well written and acted.

Don't see it if you don't like solo acts. If you're not willing to hear all sides of the issue. If you expect answers.


See it if It was absorbing and intelligently written and acted.

Don't see it if The Israeli-Palestinian problem upsets you

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You are open minded to the various viewpoints of the Arab-Israeli conflict. You are closed minded to the viewpoints of the A-I conflict.

Don't see it if Monologues or the conflict are not your thing.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if You think about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Don't see it if You have strongly negative feelings about Israelis or Palestinians.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging, Relevant, Intense

See it if you have interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many characterizations well depict the complexities and harsh realities that co-exist

Don't see it if you don't like monologues or have little interest in middle-east affairs. It is extremely well-acted and worthwhile.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if in a nutshell the Israel/Palestinian issue. 17 characters , each have their story i wish all can listen and find middle ground

Don't see it if if you will get upset listening to other views than yours

Great acting, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if Incredible tour de force

Don't see it if Real deep theater

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if If you want to be lifted from despair...You are willing to listen to an intense range of diverse views....have an open mind.

Don't see it if You see the world in black and white.

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Important!

See it if A tour de force. Looks at finely faceted aspects of the Palestinian-Israel conflict. You will find your emotions pulled from side to side.

Don't see it if You must really to hear all the voices, be open to relating to the aspirations of all people and pray for peace one day.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You are unaware of the horror of daily Palestinian life behind the Israeli Wall-balanced, inspirational & informative. Insightful experience

Don't see it if You are close minded about this subject. I learned about the Jewish religion, the causes on both sides & personal human experiences endured.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if A powerful in depth portrayal of deep conflict. Exquisitely written & masterfully acted.As an Israeli it deeply encompassed my feelings .

Don't see it if You do not care to see a play with conflicted issues.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Writer/actor did an amazing job tackling a most complicated topic

See it if you want a better understanding of all aspects of the Palestinian/Israeli situation.

Don't see it if You are not open to hearing both sides of this ongoing stuggle.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like one-man shows with great action and minimal production.

Don't see it if You want a theoretical debate about statehood of Israel and Palestine - WJ is told through the voices of people living the experience.

April 4th, 2016
"A smartly written solo show about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...So it is intensely frustrating that Mr. Davidman and his director, Michael John Garcés, get in their own way throughout this puzzlingly paced production...Too many characters fail to spark to life because Davidman doesn’t slow ...
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April 1st, 2016
"He gets inside the hearts and minds of a vivid gallery of characters. Most of them are mordant; a few are deeply unsettling, even terrifying. The overall effect is riveting...The news that Davidman reports in 'Wrestling Jerusalem' may be dismaying, even at times horrifying, but, as he renders it...
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April 4th, 2016
"Davidman is fervent in his portrayals and a gifted actor as we listen to all the views presented realizing that there are no answers, only continued questions, continued fighting and struggles that make up the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that seems to have no resolution. He is riveting in his p...
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April 4th, 2016
"In this brave solo show Davidman goes directly to the heart of the matter. Did the Israeli-Palestinian conflict start in 1981, 1963 or 1947? And whose fault is it anyway?..Davidman does not try to answer. He tries to dig deeper into the matter. His panoply of characters share their wildly opp...
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