David Mamet: profound taint of antisemitism in UK

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

A playwright celebrated for his observations of modern life has criticised the "ineradicable taint of antisemitism" in British society.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the Chicago-born Jewish writer David Mamet said that modern speakers were using the same antisemitic arguments that Charles Lindbergh and Oswald Mosley made in the 1930s.


The Rag Trade star Miriam Karlin dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

The actress who starred as Golde in the original London production of Fiddler on the Roof has died of cancer at the age of 85.

Miriam Karlin, born Miriam Samuels to Orthodox Jewish parents in Hampstead, went on to appear in films including A Clockwork Orange and The Entertainer, the television series The Rag Trade and a long list of West End plays.


After Israel controversy, Tony Kushner to accept honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

Tony Kushner will accept an honorary degree from New York's City University (CUNY) today, a month after one of its board members attempted to block him from the award because of his stance on Israel.


Wesker and Rattigan: a secret friendship revealed

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Two celebrated playwrights who famously did not get along may have had more appreciation for each other' s work than previously known.

Terence Rattigan, whose centenary is currently being marked with several West End revivals, was known to dislike the "angry young men" playwrights who emerged in the 1950s, among them Jewish dramatists Harold Pinter and Arnold Wesker.


Tony Kushner accepts honorary degree at New York university

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Tony Kushner has accepted an honorary degree from a New York college following the controversy over his being given a degree from another university because of questions over his stance on Israel.

Mr Kushner, the award-winning writer of Angels in America, was given the award during the Manhattan-based New School's graduation ceremony on Monday.


Broadway show for Woody Allen and Coen brother

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Woody Allen has revealed plans to write a new Broadway show.

He told the New York Times that he was working on a one-act play, to be staged on Broadway from September alongside another by filmmaker Ethan Coen.

The comedies will be shown with a third act written by Primary Colours screenwriter Elaine May.

The show will be directed by Hollywood actor John Turturro.


Kushner to be honoured by New York's City University after all

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

City University of New York (CUNY) has re-approved an honorary degree for playwright Tony Kushner, following its controversial decision to remove his name from a list of those eligible because of his stance on Israel.


University rethinks Kushner honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

The board of trustees of New York's City University (CUNY) is expected to meet tonight to decide whether to award an honorary degree to Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Tony Kushner.


'The Way We Were' writer dies at 93

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

The writer of the classics West Side Story and The Way We Were has died at the age of 93.

Arthur Laurents, born Arthur Levine to atheist Jewish parents in Brooklyn, died on Thursday in New York.

He began writing military training films for the US army during the Second World War, then went on to enjoy an illustrious career in both theatre and film.


Kushner responds to university on Israel views

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Playwright Tony Kushner has criticised New York's City University for delivering a "grotesque caricature" of his views on Israel after the university's board voted against plans to give him an honorary degree.