From Saturday, February 7, 2009; Page C12 of The Washington Post
This Week & Next
Today Onstage: “The Accident”
The second play in Theater J’s Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival is a translated take on Hillel Mitelpunkt’s play about two Israeli couples involved in the hit-and-run killing of a Chinese laborer. What they do next reveals personal hypocrisies but also is an indictment of modern Israeli culture. Today’s preview and tomorrow’s matinee are $30; regular tickets are $38-$55; age 25 and younger, half-price. Tonight at 8, Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m… etc…
“An indictment of modern Israeli culture?” Or, as our press release describes it, “a reflection of the way we live now”? The difference between indictment and reflection is profound, especially for a blurb writer who hasn’t seen the play. And we accept that the play is BOTH an “indictment” and a reflection and a meditation and an exhortation… But bald and spare as this blurb is, it skews only negative, and will keep the folks away. Don’t you think? How might we say it better? How might they?