Sieger5 Deli at
3426 E. West Maple Rd. at Haggerty Rd. (248) 926-9555
Gyllenhaal, 34, recently par-
ticipated in the Henry Louis Gates
Jr. program Finding Your Roots
(watch it here: http://video.pbs.org/
video/2221947390),"so I have a very
accurate and informed family history,"
"My father, [director Stephen
Gyllenhaal], was raised in the
Swedenborgian religion, kind of a
Christian mystic religion, and he
grew up in a small Pennsylvania town
where everyone was Swedenborgian.
"My mother is Jewish and grew
up in Brooklyn. It's interesting. On
[her] mom's side, it was exactly what I
"They were peasants in Russia,
and when my great-grandfather was
drafted into the Russian army, which
was a dangerous thing for a Jew, they
left. First they went to Lithuania. Then
they came here and lived on the Lower
East Side, where my great-grandfather
was [in the garment business].
"My dad left the religious town and
put that all behind him. He was not
interested in religion anymore and
left that part of my upbringing to my
mother. So I grew up mostly Jewish,
culturally. How I eat, a lot of the way I
think, comes from my mother because
my mother values that part of herself
in a way that my father didn't."
Growing up, the Gyllenhaal family
(including actor brother Jake) cel-
ebrated the Jewish holidays.
"We still do, though it was always
pretty Reform," Maggie Gyllenhaal
said. "I don't speak Hebrew. I never
went to Hebrew school, and I was
never bat mitzvahed. In our seders,
we used to have this really hippie
Haggadah about oppression all over
the world. It was really far over on the
hippie side, too far for many of our
"I went to a friend's house for
Passover last year. She is Orthodox,
[and] also a hip young woman. She
lives in LA and is a makeup artist and
clothing designer; her husband is a
comedian and director, and they take
their religion very seriously. I cried all
the way through [the seder]. It moved
me so much.
"I think for the first time as an
adult, I listened to the seder and
the Exodus being talked about and
explained. I watched their children
ask the Four Questions in a way that
showed they clearly understood the
meaning. In our house, it was more
general, about oppression and spring
and much more metaphorical."
Gyllenhaal is married to actor Peter
Sarsgaard, 41. They are the parents
of two young daughters, Ramona, 5,
and Gloria Ray, born in April 2012.
Sarsgaard is Catholic and has learned
to celebrate Christmas in an unusual
way: eating deli.
"Every Christmas I order food from
Russ and Daughters. It's one of my
favorite places, on Houston by Second
Avenue. It's the best place in New
York to get smoked fish. I get pickles
and herring and all those traditional
Jewish foods. Matzah ball soup if
"All those things I remember and
come from my mom's side. When I go
in there — and I'm a regular — the
way we talk, I can sort of imagine it's
60 years ago and I'm a Jewish house-
wife doing my shopping. It's not all I
am, but I do value that part of me."
Hysteria will open in the Detroit area at a date to be determined. Check
your local movie listings.
erformance Network in Ann
Arbor presents MacArthur
"Genius" Award winner
Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or
the vibrator play, a finalist for the
Pulitzer Prize, June 14-July 15.
Directed by Suzi Regan, it features
John Seibert, Aphrodite Nikolovski,
Milica Govich, Rusty Mewha,
Carollette Phillips, Leslie Hull and
The comedy is set at the dawn
of the age of electricity, when the
aptly named Dr. Givings invests
in a buzzworthy new instrument
used to treat female patients' hys-
teria. As the number of blushing
patients swells, the good doctor's
curious wife breaks into his office
to try the device for herself. The
comedy was a 2010 Tony nominee
for Best Play.
In the Next Room contains
adult themes. Performances
are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8
p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and
2 p.m. Sundays, with 3 p.m.
Saturday matinees on June 30
and July 14, at Performance
Network, 120 E. Huron St., Ann
Arbor. $22-$41, with discounts
available. (734) 663-0681; www.
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