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James Sherman’s “Beau Jest,” the second in Jewish Repertory Theatre’s “Season of Humor,” is just what the doctor ordered. After this fall’s “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” which I found to be staid, archaic and alienating, “Beau Jest” reminds us of a kind of humor we can all find in our own lives. The kind that renews us from within, if only in passing moments. It builds on the…

It begins with an innocuous enough tradition – a woman brings her new boyfriend home for a family dinner, a thinly veiled parental inspection. Except her real boyfriend isn’t likely to pass their test, so she hatches a scheme to foil her parents’ anachronistic expectations, protect her man from his maybe-to-be in-laws’ wrath, and just get through the night. Throw in a req…

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When Saul Elkin watches his daughter perform onstage, he tends to get lost in the moment. “I'm sometimes taken aback by her intelligence, by her wit,” Elkin said in a recent interview on the half-finished set of Jewish Repertory Theatre's “Beau Jest,” in which Elkin and Rebecca Elkin-Young play two characters not entirely unfamiliar to them: a father and daughter working …

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Rarely does any experience, however important it may seem at the time, survive in your memory completely intact. But certain jarring moments do stand out, inserting their grappling hooks into your brain and dragging the details around them into sharper focus. It could be anything: The look in an actor’s eyes during an emotional scene; a child’s surprising reaction to an a…

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Getzville's Jewish Repertory Theatre and the Paul Robeson Theatre at Buffalo's African American Cultural Center each received a 2014 50/50 Applause Award from the International Centre for Women Playwrights, the organization announced this week. The award went to 67 theaters throughout the United States around the world whose recent seasons featured plays by female writers…