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  • Mamet, David (Village Voice, 2008-03-11)
    In this column in the Village Voice, David Mamet takes his play, "November," as a point of departure to discuss the major changes in his political outlook. Asserting that this play is indeed about politics, Mamet discusses ...
  • Mamet, David (YouTube, 2016-11-20)
    A live production of Glengarry Glen Ross, the play for which David Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. This play was produced by Shelton Theater, filmed and edited by Last Wave Film. Click on the link to watch.
  • The Editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica (Encylopedia Britannica, 2020-03-29)
    This article from the Encyclopedia Britannica discusses David Mamet and his wide-ranging career. Although he is best known as a prolific American playwright. Mamet is also a successful film screenwriter and director. He ...
  • Bergan, Ronals (The GuardianThe Guardian, 2020-06-30)
    An obituary of Carl Reiner, who died at the age of 98. The article discusses Reiner's long career, beginning with his role as a writer and performer on the popular comedy series, "Your Show of Shows," starring Sid Ceasar ...
  • David, Larry; Seinfeld, Jerry (YouTube, 2020-05-11)
    A scene from "Seinfeld," Jerry Seinfeld's television comedy series. This scene features Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Estelle Harris as his mother and Jerry Stiller as his father. It is representative of the comedic ...
  • Keepnews, Peter (The New York Times, 2020-05-11)
    The New York Times' obituary for comedian and actor Jerry Stiller. Stiller's career career included stand-up comedy with his wife, Anne Meara, roles in both Broadway and off-Broadway and on television, most notably in the ...
  • Odets, Clfford (YouTube, 2011-02-22)
    Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Clifford Odets' of "Awake and Sing!" starring Lauren Ambrose and Mark Ruffalo. Written in 1935, "Awake and Sing!" was Odets' first full length play and the one that propelled him to ...
  • Dessem, Matthew (Slate, 2020-04-20)
    An interview with "David Simon and Ed Burns on reimagining Philip Roth’s novel for the Trump era and its lessons for Americans in 2020." Click on the link above to access it.
  • Siegel, Ed (The ARTery - WBUR Radio, 2020-01-02)
    The author discusses a shift in the way earlier Jewish playwrights treated their Judaism with the way contemporary Jewish playwrights do. He claims that the earlier playwrights were "more interested in joining the American ...
  • Lahr, John (The New Yorker, 2006-04-17)
    This article, written 100 years after Odets' birth, discusses the life and works of the politically engaged playwright, Clifford Odets.The article considers the paradox in Odets' career of great success and frustrating ...
  • Yiddish Book Center; Mandelbaum, David (Yiddish Book Center, 2017-12-15)
    In this podcast, the Yiddish Book Center interviews David Mandelbaum, the director of the New Yiddish Rep (see also the entry on the New Yiddish Rep in NAJC: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11976/568). Mandelbaum discusses ...
  • New Yiddish Rep (2019)
    The mission of the New Yiddish Theater Rep is both to adapt classical Yiddish theater for modern audiences and to "develop new Yiddish inspired works and investigate modern approaches to the vast Yiddish theater..." Also ...
  • Murray, Noel (AV Club, 2020)
    A biographical essay on David Simon's substantial contributions to quality television during the the 2000s. Click on the link above to read the article.
  • Angel, Arielle; Plitman, Jacob; Klion, David (Jewish Currents, 2020-01-23)
    "Uncut Gems, the Safdie brothers’ winter blockbuster starring Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner, a sleazy diamond dealer caught in an escalating series of debts, might be the most explicitly Jewish mainstream movie since the ...
  • Johnson, Carla (Journal of Popular Film and Television, 1994)
    A discussion of Seinfeld, the hit television series, in terms of the Jewish archetypes of schlemiel and schlimazl. Click on the icon below to download the article.
  • Butler, Isaac (Slate Magazine, 2019-10-21)
    An interview with Steven Skybell, who played Tevye in the revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish, directed by Joel Gray. Skybell and Isaac Butler discuss the differences between the original production of "Fiddler" ...
  • Lumet, Sidney (Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 1957)
    One of Sidney Lumet's most critically-acclaimed films, 12 Angry Men is about twelve members of a jury who are deciding the guilt or innocence of a defendant. A guilty verdict would result in a death sentence. Eleven jurors ...
  • Baxter, Brian (The Guardian, 2011-04-10)
    An obituary discussing the life, works and views of prolific director whose films grappled with political, social , and political issues. The article describes Lumet's frustration with the difficulty of producing films ...
  • Brooks, Mel; Fisher, John Kenneth (Internet Archive, 1968)
    The famous song from Mel Brooks's musical, The Producers. This video contains the song from the original 1968 Broadway production of The Producers and the 2005 production. The video was created by John Kenneth Fisher and ...
  • Bogdanovitch, Peter (The New York Times, 1999-07-04)
    An essay on Stanley Kubrick, the acclaimed director, by the director and writer Peter Bogdanovitch. The essay was written soon after Kubrick's death. Click on the link above to access the article.

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