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Closing 2022: the ten shows that made our year | Israel today


World classics, original Israeli plays, ancient tragedies and new comedies • Maya Cohen has chosen the ten greatest works performed in the various theaters

"Oedipus", the Chamber Theater

The classical Greek tragedy of Sophocles was given a modern adaptation by Robert Icke who turned the old play into a rhythmic thriller.

Oedipus in the 2022 model is a politician on the brink of a historic victory on the eve of an election, one who promises the people "new politics", after the public is tired of a raging epidemic and endless corruption commentators.

Oedipus announces the establishment of a commission of inquiry to investigate past affairs, and being so sure of the cleanliness of his hands, he announces that the investigation will begin with his own past.

There begins a snowball rolling to the foreknown end.

The play directed by Irad Rubinstein stars Amos Tamm, Keren Mor and Miriam Zohar, who demonstrate a masterful acting display.

Touching a classic and turning it into something new and good is a real challenge, and the way it takes place in "Oedipus" makes it a must-see.

"Hamlet", Beit Lysin Theater

Shakespeare's famous classic was staged under the brilliant direction of Yair Sherman in a contemporary, modern and fascinating adaptation.

The rotten kingdom of Denmark becomes a world of colorful and iridescent theater, and into the character of Hamlet, the young prince who creates to investigate his father's death and take revenge, enters a young and anonymous actor, Asaf Yunesh.

Yonesh copes well with the magnitude of the task, and alongside him is a cast of actors who complete the theatrical ensemble, including Rami Hoiberger, Shiri Golan, Yoram Toledano, Eli Gorenstein, Tom Hagi and Carmel Bin.

Asaf Yunesh

Performs the great task in an impressive manner, photo: Michal Halbin

The current production dares to examine the world of theater and its meaning, and asks questions about it and about life itself.

The experience lasts more than three hours - without a doubt it is a challenge in the age we live in, but from watching the audience that remains enthralled, one can conclude that it is something good.

Very Good.

"Vibrate my heart", the National Theater staged

If there is something that Hanoch Levin managed to do in his plays, it is to stir the hearts of the viewers, create a language and a world, and make them cry and laugh at the same time at the insults of life that he presented in his special way.

This raw material was mastered by the director Miri Lazar, who put on a touching and moving musical performance, which succeeds in producing from the talented cast (including Ben Yosifovitch, Yael Levantal, Ami Smolarchik and Maya Maoz) the complex performances required for the characters of Levin Bara.

The talented cast of actors demonstrates complex performances, photo: Tal Shahar

Not many of Levin's plays are staged in Israel, and it is good that the National Theater was able to stage it.

This, by the way, is next to "Malakat Ha'im" and "Hafetz" - which together form the first Enoch-Levin trilogy in the history of the stage.

"Short", Beer Sheva Theater

There are not many works of art in Israel that deal with children's autism, and the struggle of parents who discover that their child is suddenly categorized as "other".

The Beer Sheva Theater chose to deal with this sensitive topic, and to do it through an intimate show that illuminates this difficult reality and paints it in humorous colors.

From the show.

An emotional and intimate journey, photo: Maayan Kaufman

The viewers are drawn into a tragic-comic journey, are exposed to pain and difficulties but also learn to laugh at it, and this is one of the special things about the play written by Noa Lazar-Kinan and directed by Roni Brodetsky.

The couple is played by Molly Shulman and Efrat Arnon, a married couple in life, and the other family members and friends are played by the spectators, who become part of the show.

"The Coastline", Elad Theater

The play tells the story of Wilfrid, who one night receives a surprising phone call announcing the death of his father, whom he never knew.

He decides to go on a journey with the body to his family's war-torn homeland.

"The Shoreline" was written by the Lebanese playwright Wajdi Mowad, and directed by Shay Pitovsky, the theater's artistic director.

The viewers are treated to a 360-degree journey, photo: Redi Rubinstein

The play is adapted to the space of the terminal in Eilat, which has become a fantastic arena where the spectators embark on a journey between levels, rooms, sets, music and video projectors that surround the audience from all sides.

By breaking the fourth wall and integrating the audience in a creative way, the theater managed to create an amazing emotional journey that you don't want to miss.

Rosenkertz and Gilderstein, Gesher Theater

One of the tributes that the Gesher Theater chose to hold for Yevgeny Aryeh, the theater's founder and artistic director who passed away about a year ago, is a staging of the mythological show that started Gesher's journey 30 years ago, "Rosenkratz and Gilderstein" by Tom Stoppard, which was directed by the late Aryeh. About the direction The current one (according to the original direction), Amon Amit Epstein.

A moving tribute to the late Livagne Aryeh, photo: Daniel Kaminsky

The show is full of talented actors and actresses - including Ido Mosari, Alon Friedman, Doron Tabori, Israel (Sasha) Argov, Gil Frank, Mickey Leon, Henry David, Shlomi Bretonov and more - who bring the fantastic world where the two supporting characters in Shakespeare's "Hamlet", The Danish prince's good friends from school days, arrive at the palace to spy on him for the king - and become heroes.

The behind-the-scenes stories of the famous tragedy presented here become a song of praise seasoned with philosophical thoughts about humanity, art and theater.

"Othello", Malanki Theater

Michael Teplitsky's contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's passionate play that combines love, jealousy, racism and betrayal, which he also directed, opened the theater's new season.

In the refreshing version, which is based on burning love, youthful innocence and jealousy, the human weaknesses and the feeling of foreignness are expressed, which correspond with quite a few nuances that stand out in today's Israeli society.

Gil Frank in the show.

Human weaknesses are still relevant today, photo: Mark Tsu

Othello, the foreigner from Venice, is played by Gil Frank, who demonstrates a fine acting display alongside the villainous Iago, who is played with great talent by his uncle Niv.

Ksenia Marcuse, Barak Friedman and Gil Livnat play alongside them.

This production proves that even with a minimalist setting, without pyrotechnics and large stages, it is possible to produce fine theater.

"Abandoned Property", Haifa Theater

The play tells the story of a single mother whose husband abandoned her years ago, leaving her with her two teenage daughters.

When they receive from the local council an offer to move to a new apartment instead of the crumbling house where they live and which is destined for demolition, the struggle begins between the girls who want to escape from poverty and loneliness, and the mother who insists on holding on to the past.

Between the dream and its brokenness.

Salman, Levi and Malka, photo: Michal Halbin

Asi Levy plays the role of Toni, the heroine of the play, and also directs the play (written by Shulamit Lapid).

She does this alongside the actresses Nofer Salman and Gal Malka who play her daughters.

This play allows each of us to find Tony in him in the struggle between the past and the future, between the dream and its brokenness.

"Berlin", the Hebrew Theater

Ilan Hazor, who wrote and directed the play, chose to give a comedic dimension to the moral dilemma and the complex relationship of Holocaust survivors and their families with the land of Germany.

Gila Almagor Agmon plays a Holocaust survivor widow who vowed never to set foot on German soil.

She hears that her daughter and grandson who live in Berlin are about to receive German citizenship, and decides to do everything to prevent it, even if it means breaking her vow.

The complex relationship between Berlin and Tel Aviv, even today, photo: Yossi Tzbaker

Alongside her are Yigal Adika, Keren Zur, Loui Nofi, Nir Canaan and Abraham Horvitz, in a play that also raises questions about motherhood, about the second generation, and about the complex relationship between Germany and Tel Aviv even in 2022.

"Grandmothers", Khan Theater

The sons and daughters of the third age, a generation that during the Corona period suffered severe loneliness, stand at the foundation of the show.

The director Shirili Desha entered the rehearsal room together with the Khan actors Yossi Eini, Vitali Friedland, Nir Ron and Erez Shafrir, and together, with each of them bringing the character of their private grandmother.

Tribute to the third generation, photo: Yael Ilan

Through investigation and improvisation led by Dasha (together with the playwright Roni Sinai) they created a sequence of dramatic comic scenes that formed into a small and delicate show, which is more reminiscent of a long exercise that developed into a magical show that is different from what we are used to seeing in the theater.

The characters of the grandmothers who live together in sheltered housing are accompanied by a qualified nurse (Nitzan Lavratovsky) and the result is a tribute to the older generation from a nostalgic place, but also one that presents their lives as full of passions, dreams and pleasures.

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Source: israelhayom

All life articles on 2022-12-31

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