Chutzpah! Festival tip sheet: five shows worth checking out

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      The Chutzpah! Festival, a.k.a. the Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival, takes place live and online from November 21 to 28. Here are five highlights:

      Ben Caplan

      (simulcast, November 21)

      Big-bearded, booming-voiced singer-songwriter Caplan opens the festival with folk-rock tunes from his latest album, Old Stock, which was adapted from the music-theatre piece Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story.

      Rokhl Kafrissen will reveal her latest work in progress.

      Shtumer Shabes (Silent Sabbath) by Rokhl Kafrissen

      (simulcast, November 22) 

      A look behind the scenes at New York–based playwright Kafrissen’s new play about the discovery of a “lost” avant-garde Yiddish play.

      A long-table dinner is at the core of Ella Rothschild's Pigulim.
      Efrat Mazor

      Pigulim by Ella Rothschild 

      (simulcast, November 23)

      In dancer-choreographer Rothschild’s Pigulim, a cultural narrative unfolds against the backdrop of a meal at a long dining table where three lonely characters fight their way between life and death.

      Idan Cohen's Hourglass features Brandon Lee Alley and Racheal Prince dancing to the music of Philip Glass.

      Hourglass by Idan Cohen

      (Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre and simulcast, November 25) 

      New dance work by choreographer Cohen set to 4 Piano Études by minimalist composer Philip Glass features a duet with Racheal Prince and Brandon Lee Alley, joined on-stage by pianist and conductor Leslie Dala.

      Witty podcaster Iris Bahr is back for another Chutzpah! Festival.

      Iris Bahr

      (simulcast, November 26) 

      Fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm may recall actor-comedian and podcast host Bahr for her role as the orthodox Jewish woman who would rather jump from a ski lift than be stuck beside Larry David. Bahr performs interactive stand-up comedy at her livestreamed Chutzpah! appearance.

      Video: Watch the trailer for this year's Chutzpah! Festival.