Pray For More Theater

The Temple Arts Company of the Wilshire Theater’s Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills is making ambitious promises for 2008. While the Wilshire Theater has announced short-run companies like “Whistle Down the Wind,” “Janis” and “Forever Tango” on its stage, the Temple Arts Company is also readying its own productions. Last Friday night, the Temple’s company presented an effective reading of Alfred Uhry’s “Last Night of Ballyhoo” with an excellent cast including Julie Cobb, Ethan Kogan, Stephen Macht, Rosemary Morgan, Norma J. Morrow, David Tom and Heather Tom, with Jules Aaron directing. They received a deserved standing ovation. The theme was a perfect choice for the Temple’s theater-going congregation. And it’s only the beginning for the Temple’s theatrical company, assured Rabbi David Baron and Norma J. Morrow, Artistic Director of the Theater program.

Morrow reports that the group’s ambitious plans will include a dramatization of the Frances Goodrich-Albert Hackett classic,”The Diary Of Anne Frank,” in the late spring of ’08. And Morrow, who worked with Christopher Hart in Mammoth Lakes at the Summer Stock in the Village, reports that Hart has written a two-act adaptation of his father Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s comedy, “Once In A Lifetime.” “Chris would love to come back to L.A. and direct it in the fall,” added Morrow. It’s about the birth of “talkies” in Hollywood and it promises to be fun and interesting compared to today’s movies, which have transitioned from talking to special effects. But the first event at the Temple, reports Rabbi Baron, is Corky Hale’s planned tribute to lyric writer Sammy Cahn. It would be part of a musical series.

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