How’s this for a headline (from today’s Washington Post)
“‘Chosen’: Arena & Theater J’s Wise Choices”
REVIEW | Production is a rare literary adaptation that allows us to believe its characters.
The multitalented director Aaron Posner conjures with exceptional intelligence and sensitivity the religious and generational tempests of “The Chosen,” Chaim Potok’s 1967 coming-of-age novel recounting the unlikely friendship of young Jewish men from conflicting wings of the faith.
The harmoniously assembled Theater J production, presented in Arena Stage’s largest space, the Fichandler, is one of those rare literary adaptations that frees itself of page-bound encumbrances and allows us to believe its characters are beings created for this occasion. The illusion is reinforced affectingly by the five-man ensemble and, in particular, by Joshua Morgan and Derek Kahn Thompson, who portray the friends, Danny and Reuven, with uncommon feel for the strains, large and small, that threaten to undo a profound connection.
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Other raves, hot off the press:
From the Washington City Paper
From the Washington Jewish Week
from The Washington Examiner
Two fathers, Two Songs, Unlimited Understanding
“Joshua Morgan is quietly powerful as the brilliant Danny, an intense young man, anxious to break out of the path that his religion has planned for him. Derek Thompson is equally impressive as Reuven, the brilliant mathematician who is more at home in the conventional, secular world than Danny is. Thompson provides the humor and sensitivity necessary for this role.”
and here’s the most recent from Jenn Larsen at We Love DC
“Theater J first produced an adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel ten years ago, and is returning to it now under the aegis of Arena Stage. Setting a play of such intimacy in the airy round of the Fichandler is a bit of a risk – a play about the complicated relationships between fathers and sons requires a closer access than that large theater can provide, and sometimes I longed for the smaller confines of Theater J’s usual home. But it’s thrilling to see a company I’ve long admired in the gorgeous space by the waterfront, and it expands the audience capacity to see two Washington powerhouses – Edward Gero and Rick Foucheux – command the stage regardless of its size.”
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