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Professor Brenner

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Six-time Obie winner David Greenspan headlines the English-language world premiere of Yiddish playwright David Pinski's comic tragedy about the conflict between romantic passion and societal taboo. More…

Professor Arthur Brenner has dedicated his life to the pursuit of his career. At 61, he’s established himself as a painter of renown. But his existence is shaken to its core when he meets an adoring young woman some forty years his junior and experiences a feeling he’s never known before: love. David Pinski’s early twentieth century play examines the nature of love and the high price of indecision and fear upon a life deferred.


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November 16th, 2015
"The production isn’t great, but the historical perspective has some value...The production, directed by Paul Takacs, doesn’t draw as much depth out of the script as it contains, largely because Mr. Greenspan’s performance equates angst with whininess. It’s hard to imagine anyone loving the insec...
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November 5th, 2015
"Unaccountably, director Paul Takacs has updated the play to the 1950’s and eliminated any suggestion that this is taking place in the Jewish community by using an interracial cast. This destroys the play’s original theme of a taboo relationship leaving only the difference in their ages, no longe...
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November 10th, 2015
"I’ve seen and enjoyed several of New World Theater’s previous productions, but I found their current translation and performance of David Pinski’s Professor Brenner neither interesting, enjoyable, nor appealing...The professor’s story had failed the test of time. The set and the lighting were pr...
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