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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-10-31

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Best Bets


Brad Holman: Making his move on NBCs
`Avereke Joe.


radley Holcman moved from Michigan
to California to be with a girlfriend, but
they broke up. In the course of looking for
a new West Coast romantic interest, he has
wound up on reality television.
Holcman soon will be seen on NBC'S Average Joe, a
relationship series that has 16 everyday young men
vying for the attention of a beauty queen. Although he
knows whether he won the woman's heart, Holcman
has committed himself to a vow of secrecy.
"The show was taped between April and June and
will be aired starting at 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3," says
Holcman, 26, whose professional life has kept him
behind the scenes at 20th Century Fox, where he
develops drama shows. "I think viewers are going to
have a ton of fun watchina b all of us on this dating
Holcman, the son of Janis and Sam Holcman of
Farmington Hills, comes to Average Joe with some reali-
ty-show experience. The person who cast him on The
Fifth Wheeh an earlier dating relationship series released
in syndication, cast him on the NBC show.
"I'm not interested in 'Decanting an actor, but I did .
want to prove that a nice guy can do a half-hour syn-
dicated program," says Holcman, who wears clothing
with Michigan insignias as he competes romantically
before the world. "I've also done game shows, includ-
ing The Chair on ABC and Paranoia for the Fox
Family Network"
Holcman, who moved to California four years ago
after graduating from the University of Michigan,
attended Walled Lake Western High School and was a
member of Adat Shalom Synagogue, where he had his
bar mitzvah.
The emerging television personality will be in the
Detroit area Nov. 8-10 to do some local publicity as
well as host a charity viewing party to benefit Dance
Marathon, an organization he helped start at U-M.
Proceeds go to pediatric rehabilitation at Beaumont
Hospital in Royal Oak and Mott's Children's Hospital
in Ann Arbor. To get local event details, call (248)
— Suzanne Chessler

Violinist Richard Luby and pianist
Claudia Corona play music of the Americas
11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in a Brunch
with Bach concert at the Detroit Institute of
Arts. Seating at 11 a.m.: concert/brunch,
$11422; concert only/stairwell seating, $5.
(313) 833-4005.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra per-
forms Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8, John
Arts & Entertainment
Adam's Troba Lontana and Mozart's Piano
Concerto No. 23, with guest pianist Robert
Levin, who is known for his improvisation
of cadenzas, 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and 8:30
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7-8, at Orchestra Hall. $15-$60.
Just in time for Halloween, the Pagan Theatre Guild
(313) 576-5111.
(a division of Theatre Livonia) mounts a production of
Frankenstein, based on the Mary Shelley story, 8 p.m.
and midnight Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, at Theatre Livonia in the Livonia
Saffire — The Uppity Blues Women, featuring
Mall. Reuben Ellman of Westland stars as Victor
Jewish vocalist/pianist Ann Rabson, takes the stage 8
Frankenstein. $6-$8. (586) 344-7774.
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at The Ark in Ann Arbor.
The Century Theatre presents Marco Greco in his
$17.50. (248) 761-1451.
Off-Broadway one-man show, Behind the Counter
Paul Keller and his orchestra present a tribute to
With Mussolini, vignettes that tell the story of his
Benny Goodman, featuring Jim Wyse as Benny
Bronx upbringing, 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday,
Goodman, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the
8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3-8
(not recommended for children due to language). $30-
$37.50. (313) 463-6216.

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Average Joe premieres 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3,
on NBC.



Clawson/Troy Elks Club, 1451 Big Beaver
Road, in Troy. $15. (248) 476-2674.
Israeli singer/songwriter Chava
Alberstein, a force on the Israeli music
scene for the past 30 years, performs 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8, at Rackham Auditorium
in Ann Arbor. Strongly influenced by
American folksingers, Alberstein accompa-
nies herself on acoustic guitar as she sings
everything from love songs to songs about
peace and oppression. $20-$34. (734) 764-


Chava Alberstein performs in Ann Arbor on Nov. 8.

Dirty story'

Special to the Jewish News


cademy Award-winner John Patrick
Shanley's Dirty Stmy aims to
shock --- after all, it comes
straight from Off-Broadway.
Jewish Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director
Evelyn Orbach deserves high praise for plucking a
piece of New York theater this gritty to bring back to
the Midwest and the JET stage for the dark comedy's
second-ever staging.
In Shanley's brazen allegory of international politics,
the JET cast is solid. What's not equally as solid is
Shanley's script.
The play begins with a meeting defined by its glar-
ingly inequitable distribution of power: Wanda
(Shelly Gaza) is the fawning graduate student seeking
a published author's guidance; Brutus (Loren Bass) is

Detroit Docs screens 53 documentary films from
around the world Friday-Sunday, Nov. 7-9, at the
Birmingham 8 in Birmingham and Detroit Film
Center and Hastings Street Ballroom in Detroit. More
than 20 filmmakers will discuss their work at the festi-
val. $8-$10 day pass/$20-$25 weekend pass (admission
to all three venues). For a complete schedule, go to
wvvw.detroitdocs.org .

the once-great writer now suffer-
ing from a terrible case of block
and animus. Wanda is unpre-
pared for her work to be eviscer-
ated; Brutus is more than willing
to flay and cut deeply, seemingly
bolstering his own fragile ego.
Their relationship events
ally blurs into a sadistic
game of control. You have Playwright John
Patrick Shanley
to risk something," Brutus
urges Wanda, solo chess player
though he is. Risk she does, to nearly become a victim,
then suddenly, the amressor, demanding as the stage
lights dim, side arm drawn, to be called "Israel." (OK,
so she's Wanda, as in through the desert for 40 years.)
Rather than rejoin the cast at this deliciously height-
ened conflict in Act Two, Shanley cheats, flashing for-
ward to shamelessly mine allegory. The four charac-
ters become individual voices on international rela-
tions, each a country in the world's seldom-harmo-
nious barbershop qua rtet

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