Theater just isn't complete
without Dinner at ditrais•W
on 2nd Street!
trayals of home, marriage and family,
with screenings of four new 35 mm
prints of his masterworks: Tokyo Story
(1953), 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.
12; An Autumn Afternoon (1962), 7
and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; Late
Spring (1949), 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 14; and I Was Born, But ..., 7:30
p.m. Monday, Dec. 15. $6.50 for each
screening. (313) 833-3237.
THE SMALL SCREEN
Filmmaker Jeff Blitz's Oscar-nomi-
nated documentary Spellbound, a
quirky, excruciatingly suspenseful film
spotlighting the distinctly American
phenomenon of the bee, and featuring
Jewish sixth-grader Harry Altman,
debuts on Cinemax 8 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 16. Check your local listings.
Stagecrafters Youth Theatre mounts
a production of the Greek myth King
Midas and the Touch of Gold, in
which a greedy ruler learns that rich-
es cannot buy happiness, 7 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday
and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12-14, at
Royal Oak's Baldwin Theatre. $5-$7.
PuppetArt/Detroit Puppet Theater
presents Cinderella, a marionette-ballet
version of the fairytale set to classical
music, 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 13-20,
and 2 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 21-
23. Created in St. Petersburg, Russia,
in 1990, this show has played around
the world, including in Israel, and is
geared to both children and adults. $7
adults/$5 children. (313) 961-1777.
THE ART SCENE
University of Michigan Museum of
Art presents Divine Encounters, Earthly
Pleasures: 20 Centuries of Indian Art,
an exhibit of more than 80 works of
sculpture and paintings representing the
broad regional diversity found in the
subcontinent of India, Dec. 13-Feb. 22,
2004; and Surrealism from the
Collection of the UMMA, a show of
nearly 60 prints, drawings, photographs
and sculpture, including works by Arp,
Miro and Adolph Gottlieb, Dec. 20-
Feb. 29, 2004. (764) 763-8662.
Cranbrook Art Museum inaugurates
the centennial anniversary of the
founding of Cranbrook Educational
Community with 100 Treasures of
Cranbrook Art Museum, the first
complete overview of the museum's -
stellar collection of art, architecture and
design, on Dec. 13. The exhibit, dis-
playing 100 works — from the Arts &
Crafts pieces collected by Cranbrook
founders George and Ellen Booth to
the most recent acquisitions of master-
works of modern and contemporary art
and design — runs through March 28,
2004. (877) 462-7262.
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Beyond the hijinks, a light-yet-
astute examination unfolds of what it
means to be a post-feminist and the
things women have undoubtedly
gained in the modern age — and pos-
Though the top-line pitch of
Nobody's Gilgul could easily read,
Yentl meets Heaven Can Wait, deep-
six the football," Nancy Kammer's
direction produces something com-
pelling and charming.
Shtetl-raised but worldwise,
Manners is a pleasure as Eva. Ditto
for the rabbinical troika of Johnny
Ginger, Stan Newman and Bill
Premin. Lewis-Bedz's Lily is Cosino-
subscriber strong; Paul Riopelle
and Theo Williamson emanate the
evil and good their characters Chad
and Adam respectively must.
Timothy McKernan offers generous
highlights as hairdresser Ernesto.
John Voiles' sound design sets the
perfect mood for the show, an aural,
otherworldly borscht of tones, mur-
murs and cantorial scat. And thanks
to the thoughtfulness of Monika
Essen's scenery, Gilgul never stalls —
her scrim-clad stage nimbly pirouettes
without ever upstaging or becoming
There is something redemptive
about the notion that our ancestors
might be up there watching over us,
even carrying us through life's diffi-
Certainly, if heaven is governed by
rabbis as delightful as those in
Nobody's Gilgul, its beyond isn't the
only one worth getting in to.
Nobody's Gilgul runs through
Jan. 4 at Jewish Ensemble
Theatre. (248) 788-2900.
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