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Brecht: Call and Respond

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

About the show

NLTP's Spotlight Series presents Bertolt Brecht’s one-act play "The Jewish Wife" accompanied by two new one-acts inspired by it. More…

From the show:

Set in the not-to-distant past, the very present, and the not-far-off future, NLTP's Spotlight Series presents an evening of three one-act plays that blend the human and political. Inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s one act play, The Jewish Wife, commissioned playwrights Arlene Hutton and Kristin Idaszak have written two new one-act plays to accompany, addressing religious persecution, gender and the apocalypse.

Member Reviews (35)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing
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Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Gives you 3 different plots in one story. Makes you think. 1st two better than the thied.

Don't see it if If you dont want to think at the theater. Easier theater to watch is more for you.

Insightful, Resonant, Unsettling, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Shaken people struggle to find that home & relationships are no longer what they seemed. Excellent writing & acting. Sharply thematic.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in the details of how the characters react, and actors perform, in these mentally disturbing situations.

Also "The Jewish Wife" has devastating subtlety, as a marriage sifts away. ... Read more Read less

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

See it if you treasure great writing and acting: tops in the Brecht short, great in the second and good in the third. Important messages in brief.

Don't see it if you do not appreciate great staging and costumes, again tops in first piece and great in other two. Third piece wore on me a bit but see it.

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

See it if Identity and persecution past, present, and future. "Let's not talk about misfortune/I will be here undoing/Now only blondes can do that"

Don't see it if Only the restraint of the Brecht play and her controlling her fate wins the night. "I'm not welcome there/And that pronoun thing" Same set.

Also "It's hard to love someone who lives in geological time/There are only... Read more Read less

Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Three of the best compilation of one act plays anywhere. The Brecht play is masterful. The other two are very well done.

Don't see it if If you are looking for something light, this will not be for you.

Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you'd enjoy 3 brilliantly connected short 1 acts dealing with labeling creating persecution.

Don't see it if you fantasize that persecution only occurs in response to legitimate cause.

Also A Christmas Carol comes to the world of ethnocentrism and persecution ... Read more Read less

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

See it if You want to see three one act plays in a small theater performed by some great performers. You want to be entertained.

Don't see it if You don't like small theater performances. You don't want to think when you see a play. You don't like great acting and writing.

Slow at times, Somewhat uneven, Perceptive, Mostly interesting, Fine acting

See it if you like 1 act plays, excellent acting, thought provoking content, some superb writing & themes involving relationships & larger issues.

Don't see it if you dislike 1 act plays, uneven quality among the 3 plays, somewhat slow portions & comprised of mostly monologues.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play that makes you think.

Don't see it if You’d rather see a play that is simply entertaining and doesn’t ask you to think.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You’re a fan of Brecht or you enjoy contemporary pieces in his style.

Don't see it if You don’t want watch 3 different plots in one evening. You don’t like relationship dramas

Bet on brecht

See it if Fascinating shifts of three one acts, the first by a master.

Don't see it if You hate Brecht or sitting in out of the way venues with very tight quarters; audience packed in like sardines.

Also Susan Lynskey gives a clinic in the first and best play, "The Jewish W... Read more Read less

Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like to think about theater and the insights it offers

Don't see it if you want superficial fluff

Great acting, Absorbing

See it if into a well-executed 3 thematically-connected one-acts

Don't see it if avoiding serious themes; impatient - this is poignant but slow at times.

Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if A solid thought provoking production of 3one-act plays:beautifully connected,well-acted directed written& staged.Bravo2entire talented cast.

Don't see it if You do not mind an eve of substance,thinking about contemporary relevance.

Also 1stplay or THE PAST:... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if three very well written and acted plays. The two new plays show how it is not so easy to dismiss the past as being "in the past".

Don't see it if you don't like thought-provoking or plays addressing prejudices.

Absorbing, Profound, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a classic by Brecht

Don't see it if you prefer comedies

Also 3 short stories dealing with losing your home and identity.... Read more Read less

A brecht mini-fest, Thought-provoking, Timely & highly relevant

See it if You’re a fan of Bertolt Brecht and enjoy plays that air societal ills. Hate in Nazy Germany; present misogyny & a dystopian future scenario.

Don't see it if You veer right politically. You wouldn’t get anything out of these three short but sharp one-act plays which denounce hate and injustice.

Also The first of these 3 one-act plays was Brecht’s “The Jewish Wife”. Wit... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy shorter one act plays with thought provoking relevant messages of non acceptance.

Don't see it if You want to see a larger cast, prefer intricate scenery or want to see a comedy.

Also The 1st short by Brecht was fantastic, the second short was great, and... Read more Read less

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if 3 one-act plays appeal. The Brecht is wonderful with great acting. the other two while well-acted are not as good.

Don't see it if one-act plays with serious themes are not for you. Also, two of the plays are basically monologues.

Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if a true to spirit and well-made chamber evocation of Brecht's one act; followed by 2 clever modern "spiritual variations"; well acted too

Don't see it if don't like plays with political overtones

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Masterful, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if Very strong 3 one act plays which have running theme of racism , persecution through the ages and climate change. Very tight acting. Go!

Don't see it if You prefer fluffy musicals and tap dancing

Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to be mesmerized by the acting and the writing. This was one of the best evenings of OffBroadway theater I've had in a long time.

Don't see it if you are not able to think about how the world hasn't changes too much and is still in a mess.

Timeless themes told and retold in a series of 3 one acts.

See it if Brecht's "The Jewish Wife" performed as it was originally produced w/ strong acting & directing, followed by 2 strong same-themed originals.

Don't see it if you don't like new productions riffing off of classics.

Fascinating take on a classic

See it if You are interested in a thought-provoking evening of two wonderful short plays responding to (and including) Brecht's classic one-act.

Don't see it if you don't like small intimate downtown theatre.

Also Playwright Arlene Hutton knocks it out of the ballpark with the second... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Banal, Great acting

See it if To see a rarely performed Brecht play and contemporary reflections

Don't see it if You want thoughtful analysis

February 3rd, 2020
"'The Jewish Wife' is a masterpiece in miniature, a study in quiet, everyday capitulation that couldn't be more relevant than it is right now."
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February 4th, 2020
"'Producing theatrical works that feature compelling stories created by emerging theater artists' is from the New Light Theater Project's self-description. Their vastly and thoughtfully entertaining presentation, 'Brecht: Call and Respond' achieves that aim."
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February 4th, 2020
Score: 80%. "If you have never seen Brecht's The Jewish Wife, which I had not, make this the time you go. It is a poignant story as expected from Brecht. The other two one-acts are intelligent and positioned. The acting is excellent. Worth the ticket price of $25."
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February 6th, 2020
"All three plays have unifying elements involving a female lead…the hold that a romantic partner, husband, or lover has on a woman's psyche and the ways their relationships pull them in and constrain them."
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