The Spanish Prayer Book

Critics

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Reviews: 9

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some six-hundred years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin. Inspired by true events and a late twentieth-century court case, and using projected images of the books themselves, the play explores the allure of sacred objects, the ethical issues generated by cultural treasures displaced during wartime, and the power of art to forge human connections.

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In its gentle, unassuming and sometimes playful way, The Spanish Prayer Book stands in defiance of tribalism and barbarism, old and current, like some lonely protestor holding up a placard in a vicious storm. If anybody sees and appreciates that placard, then the playwright’s efforts will not have been in vain. The play meets its goal by connecting people and ghosts through an historical dreamscape, from the Spanish Inquisition through Nazi Germany, to New York and London in the early 21st century.

sweet - Steven Leigh Morris - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Elaine L. Mura - LA Splash

The entire production team does a competent job of bringing the esoteric into the real world – helped, in large part, by a talented cast of performers. THE SPANISH PRAYER BOOK raises some provocative questions – but manages to remain entertaining and stimulating as it does so.

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


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Directed by Lee Sankowich, THE SPANISH PRAYER BOOK presents in dramatic elements the issues related toward the fate of sacred manuscripts.

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

I suppose I could say it is the structure of the play that does not run as smoothly as the performers themselves.

sweet-sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Bob Rich - Tolucan Times

The cast is totally committed, making all the relationships believable. The direction is focused, bringing clarity to every emotion. The set is dazzling, with three large panels displaying different imagery during every scene, from sunlit trees, to magnificent paintings.

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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In any case, we should be grateful at her interest, because this marvelous and moving play touches on our most deeply held beliefs in love and in each other.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Stephen Fife

While all the actors acquit themselves well under the direction of Lee Sankowich, Blaize gives an especially detailed and nuanced performance. She pours every ounce of passion into the character and her conflict over whether to sell her sacred legacy or not. But all her hard work just underscores the fact that it is difficult to care about the outcome, especially given the way the playwright has set it up.

sweet-sour - Stephen Fife - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

The Spanish Prayer Book is an intellectual drama that leaps back and forth in time, with the occasional ruminations of a ghostly Jacob Adler. Under the direction of Lee Sankowich, the pace of the action in the two-act play is deliberative, which is not to say uninteresting. The ensemble of veteran actors is superb.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

World Premiere plays are a gamble for theater companies and audiences alike. Sometimes the wager pays off, as it die for the Road in last season’s Friends With Guns, Death House, and The Rescued. Unfortunately, in the case of The Spanish Prayer Book, it does not.

sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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In its gentle, unassuming and sometimes playful way, The Spanish Prayer Book stands in defiance of tribalism and barbarism, old and current, like some lonely protestor holding up a placard in a vicious storm. If anybody sees and appreciates that placard, then the playwright’s efforts will not have been in vain. The play meets its goal by connecting people and ghosts through an historical dreamscape, from the Spanish Inquisition through Nazi Germany, to New York and London in the early 21st century.

sweet - Steven Leigh Morris - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Elaine L. Mura - LA Splash

The entire production team does a competent job of bringing the esoteric into the real world – helped, in large part, by a talented cast of performers. THE SPANISH PRAYER BOOK raises some provocative questions – but manages to remain entertaining and stimulating as it does so.

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


Avatar

Directed by Lee Sankowich, THE SPANISH PRAYER BOOK presents in dramatic elements the issues related toward the fate of sacred manuscripts.

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

I suppose I could say it is the structure of the play that does not run as smoothly as the performers themselves.

sweet-sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Bob Rich - Tolucan Times

The cast is totally committed, making all the relationships believable. The direction is focused, bringing clarity to every emotion. The set is dazzling, with three large panels displaying different imagery during every scene, from sunlit trees, to magnificent paintings.

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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In any case, we should be grateful at her interest, because this marvelous and moving play touches on our most deeply held beliefs in love and in each other.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Stephen Fife

While all the actors acquit themselves well under the direction of Lee Sankowich, Blaize gives an especially detailed and nuanced performance. She pours every ounce of passion into the character and her conflict over whether to sell her sacred legacy or not. But all her hard work just underscores the fact that it is difficult to care about the outcome, especially given the way the playwright has set it up.

sweet-sour - Stephen Fife - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

The Spanish Prayer Book is an intellectual drama that leaps back and forth in time, with the occasional ruminations of a ghostly Jacob Adler. Under the direction of Lee Sankowich, the pace of the action in the two-act play is deliberative, which is not to say uninteresting. The ensemble of veteran actors is superb.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

World Premiere plays are a gamble for theater companies and audiences alike. Sometimes the wager pays off, as it die for the Road in last season’s Friends With Guns, Death House, and The Rescued. Unfortunately, in the case of The Spanish Prayer Book, it does not.

sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review