Meta-Phys Ed.'s "The Talmud" is a genre-bending performance that draws from a century of Chinese martial arts cinema, and, a single chapter of The Talmud--a 5th century text of Rabbinic Judaism. More…
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Featuring innovative production design, kung-fu films, and rabbinic law, THE TALMUD is a confounding exploration of sacred wisdom and how ancient traditions survive the dangerous journey across generations. The Law of Sicarii Did not Apply…
See it if Hypnotic, lush production design & seductive soundscape provide the greatest enjoyments in this edgy Talmud/Martial Arts juxtapositioning
Don't see it if Excerpts from the Talmud, often dense & complex are further hindered by over amplification of the actors Yet text/movement combo captivates
See it if an exquisitely executed performance connecting the seemingly unrelated forms of Talmud and Chinese martial arts appeals to you.
Don't see it if content clarity means more to you than performance. While significant thought went into the development, necessary exposition was left out.
See it if you have a deep knowledge of the minutiae of Jewish scripture and are interested in seeing it brought to life... Kind of
Don't see it if you're looking for structure, plot, or interesting choreography. There was some cool production design here, and I can see how this might...
See it if you are interested in the Talmud, kung-fu, and a completely believable idea of how they might converge; you want to be surprised by theater
Don't see it if You prefer a conventional play with a linear plot, you don't like mash-ups of different traditions
See it if you are adventurous about theatre that is more interested in concept and theatricality than in traditional story-telling and sensibilities.
Don't see it if you require a more traditional approach to story-telling and theatrical presentation; you want to understand what is going on up there.
See it if You enjoy multi-cultural + technologically innovative + fluid + physical + weird (in a good way) theater.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy ambiguity in a narrative or an abstract plot (where the beginning, middle, and end are hard to differentiate).
See it if You want to experience an immersive show to deepen your appreciation and knowledge of the oddities and uniqueness of the Talmud.
Don't see it if You don't appreciate shows that make you reconsider your previously held opinions regarding some of the most famous Gemara excerpts.
See it if you would like to experience a multimedia gloss on some diverse verses from the Jewish religious texts known as the Talmud.
Don't see it if you are expecting a religious experience: This one remains pretty thoroughly esthetic.