City Paper is not for tourists
With many local theaters running productions that celebrate the birth of Jesus and how that birth promotes greater goodwill for all, how are the chosen people supposed to enjoy the arts this December? If taking up permanent residence at the movie theater isn’t an option, Theater J has another stage event aimed at Jews and the people who love them. Stars of David: Story to Song is based on the book of the same name by Abigail Pogrebin and celebrates the Jewish faith and heritage of American celebrities. Four actors will breathe life into the recollections of Bravo host and executive Andy “Mazel” Cohen, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gwyneth Paltrow, and other notables, then sing related songs penned by some of Broadway’s most significant composers. Whether these contributions by Sheldon Harnick and Marvin Hamlisch will be as moving as anything from Fiddler on the Roof or A Chorus Line remains to be seen but here’s your excuse to keep the celebration going though Hanukkah ended nearly a week ago. This show is guaranteed to impress and inspire more than Adam Sandler’s latest phoned-in version of “The Hanukkah Song.” The show runs Dec. 22 to Dec. 27 at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $27–$52. (202) 518-9400. theaterj.org.