Chutzpah! Festival set to dazzle Vancouver November 3 to 24

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      The 22nd annual Chutzpah! Festival--the Lisa Nemetz Festival of International Jewish Performing Arts--will run from November 3 to 24 in Vancouver.

      The festival will features music, dance, comedy, and theatre by artists from Canada, the U.K., Israel, and the United States.

      Chutzpah! kicks off on November 3 at the Wosk Auditorium with City Opera Vancouver's Not a Day Goes By, a celebration of the life and work of Stephen Sondheim that will feature singers Amy Gartner (mezzo), Cecilly Day (mezzo), Tainui Kuru (tenor), and Jacob Leonard (baritone), along with pianist Roger Parton.

      In the comedy category, the festival will see a standup performance by Israeli-American comedian Joel Chasnoff, with guest Talia Reese, at the Norm & Annette Rothstein Theatre on November 16. Also out to get laughs is an event titled Celebrating Queer Jewish Comedy, featuring Liz Glazer, host Yenta, and drag queens Ziona Patriot and Talula Bonet (The Holy Sisters), taking place at the same venue on November 24.

      The Holy Sisters.

      A highlight of Chutzpah!'s dance programming is a double bill featuring Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance's Echo Chamber and Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art's Ghost Scripts, November 21 and 22 at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre.

      The festival's theatre offerings include the Canadian premiere of Jewish-Canadian theatre artist Edith Tankus's Wild Country, which is described as "an intimate and absurd, one-person exploration of motherhood, exile and transformation." It takes place November 20 and 21 at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre inside the SFU Goldcorp Centre for Arts.

      Musical highlights include David Buchbinder, Mark Rubin, and Michael Ward-Bergeman performing Music at the Center of the River on November 17, and Israeli singer-songwriter and actress Liraz Charhi with A Persian-Jewish Program on November 23, both at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre.

      Axis Theatre's Th 'owxyia: The Hungry Feast Dish.
      Javier Sotres
      Programming for families and young people include Dan and Claudia Zanes in concert (November 13) and Axis Theatre performing Th 'owxyia: The Hungry Feast Dish (November 19).
      Workshops and talkbacks with festival artists, facilitated by members of the Vancouver arts community, will run throughout the festival, with select workshops also available for streaming.
      For the full Chutzpah! Festival schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.