The Rubenstein Kiss Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 29 2013

Rarely is the rearranging of furniture as portentous an act as it is in this play by James Phillips, where antagonisms, alliances, and recapitulations are foreshadowed during scene changes in apartments once occupied by a Jewish family, Esther and Jacob Rubenstein. Inspired by Julius and Ethel Rosenberg—and like them executed on suspicion of espionage ties to the Soviet Union—the Rubensteins are remarkable for their commitment to one another and to martyrdom in the face of indignity. Played luminously by Theresa Ohanian, Esther uses simple acts like folding laundry to express her thesis that family means your lives are folded together inextricably, even if, with families as with wars, "new stuff is born in blood and horrors." In both cases, "always, every day, you fight, even the battles you can't win, that's the only way the world will change." —Jena Cutie

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