Premiering in Sydney after an award winning Off-Broadway season is the classic coming of age story, “My Name Is Asher Lev”, written by Aaron Posner and based on the novel by Chaim Potok.
Under the direction of Moira Blumenthal and starring Annie Byron, Tim McGarry and John O’Hare, this award winning play explores the tensions people often feel between tradition, art, family and self.
Asher Lev is a young Hasidic Jew growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1940s. His considerable artistic talent draws opposition from not only his own strict sect, which believes art is a waste of time, but also from his parents.
Asher is willing to challenge the expectations of his community and the unhappiness of his family, but will have to pay a terrible price for the right to use his gift.
“My Name Is Asher Lev” won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the prestigious John Gassner Award. Described by Huffington Post as “One of the best plays of the year” and New York Magazine advised “You should see it, your children should see it, everyone should see it”.
John O’Hare is excellent in the title role of Asher Lev and both Annie Byron and Tim McGarry each put in splendid performances playing multiple roles.
Performed without an interval, this play is one not to be missed.
The exclusive season of “My Name Is Asher Lev” is now at the Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst until 29 May 2016. Evening performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7.30pm with matinees on Wednesday and Thursday at 11.00am and Sunday at 2.00pm.
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