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Broken Glass Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18 2012

On the day after Kristallnacht, the New York Times headline waffled: "Nazis smash, loot and burn Jewish shops and temples until Goebbels calls halt," it read—as if Hitler's virulently anti-Semitic propaganda minister were the voice of restraint. The muted world response to this gruesome rehearsal for the Holocaust plays out on a personal level in Arthur Miller's penetrating 1994 script, set in 1938 Brooklyn. A hard-driving businessman but conflicted Jew, Phillip Gellburg is baffled when his wife's obsession with events in Germany appears to paralyze her from the waist down. Michael Colucci undercuts his own staging by giving an occasionally spacey turn as the doctor treating Mrs. Gellburg. But that's the only blemish on this superbly cast remount of the show Redtwist produced in 2001 and 2004. The 2004 Gellburgs, Neal Grofman and Jacqueline Grandt, reprise their roles with vivid emotional realism. —Keith Griffith

Price: $30-$25


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