My Name is Asher Lev at Arts Court: Visually Appealing.

Posted on August 20, 2012

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Sarah Gabriella Waisvisz as Rivkeh Lev

Sarah Gabriella Waisvisz as Rivkeh Lev.

9th Hour Theatre Company’s production of My Name is Asher Lev, by Aaron Posner, features visually appealing set and lighting design and a capable performance by Drew Moore in the title role. The play explores the distinctly modern — and, perhaps, false — tension between the desire to remain true to oneself and the demands and responsibilities of tradition.

My Name is Asher Lev is based on the novel of the same name by Chaim Potok. It tells the story of Asher Lev, a Hasidic Jew living in Brooklyn, his rise to prominence as an artist, and his struggle to stay true to himself, while also staying true to two traditions that seem to be opposed diametrically.

The play — and the novel it is based on — is fictional, but Potok, now deceased, was also an accomplished artist and a conservative rabbi, which may explain why the play suggests that the tension between the two traditions can be resolved, but not without cost.

9th Hour Theatre Company’s production of My Name is Asher Lev plays the Arts Court Theatre August 21 – 25 at 8PM and August 25 at 4PM.

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