In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 22, 2010 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Going to the Theater

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Remember when going to the theater was a special event? You'd plan an entire evening around it. You'd start with dinner out at a good restaurant, then on to the theater, and maybe coffee and dessert afterward someplace to talk about the show. Getting all dressed up was part of the fun and excitement. It wasn't something that was dreaded, putting on your best duds for the night out at the theater made the entire experience special.

The play itself could be a serious drama or intimate romantic comedy or full-out farce or variety show or a big musical comedy ala Rodgers and Hammerstein. There used to be loads of choices. And even if the show was bad, well, it was still a night on the town and hey, at least dinner was good and the hot fudge sundae afterward topped off the whole evening. And, as a plus, the cost of the entire thing didn't put you in the poor house. Nights like that can still happen, if you know where to go.

One good place to go is the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, California. This landmark was originally built as a Vaudeville house in 1926 before it was turned into a movie theater. As a kid and teen it was one of my neighborhood movie theaters along with the California and Magnolia theaters in Burbank. Sadly the theater ran into tough times for a few years before finally closing down.

But then, Abracadabra - the place was born again ten years ago, totally rebuilt as a live theater complex. Today there are three theaters in the historic building: the 42-seat Studio Theatre, the 92-seat Forum Theatre and the 360-seat main stage. The lobby seconds as an art gallery and features carpeting acquired in 2004 from the now defunct Los Angeles Shubert Theatre. Since it reopened the El Portal has offered quite a variety of stage shows and plays starring such well known performers as Kitty Carlisle, Debbie Reynolds, Hal Linden, and The Manhattan Transfer.

The latest show was a world premier of the new play, "Sort of a Love Story," starring Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor. Remember funny theater? Taylor and Bologna have been specialists in that ever since they co-wrote the Broadway hit, "Lovers and Other Strangers." In 1971 they co-wrote and starred in the movie, "Made for Each Other." Their other plays include "It Had to be You," "Bermuda Avenue Triangle," and "If You Ever Leave Me…I'm going With You."

Married for over 45 years, Taylor and Bologna work together like a well run engine. Their comedy timing is flawless; their interaction a treat to watch. They have, as the expression goes, "great chemistry" as a team. And it's no wonder - since they have been a real life husband and wife team for over 45 years. They have been veterans of the stage, movies, and television for decades although most people today would probably know Renee Taylor best for her role as Fran Drescher's mother in "The Nanny" and Joe Bologna for his wonderful send up of Sid Caesar in the movie hit, "My Favorite Year."

"Sort Of a Love Story" is a funny and sensitive play about two apparent losers. Two poor souls who have been through it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly. The guy is a professional crook, the gal is a street-wise con artist, and in the end they find each other and, although for awhile it seems unlikely, eventually they do get together. The show, written by Bologna and Richard Krevolin, is all about the strength and magic of love and believing. Taylor and Bologna play multiple characters in the show.

So the theater going experience still exists and it can be just as exciting as it always was. First you need to find a show with smart writing and talented performers presented in a venue that is comfortable and intimate. Then you and your best girl get all dolled up, have that dinner at a special restaurant and off you go to the theater. Try it, you might just find out it's a lot more fun then staying home watching TV in your bathrobe.

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