The Talmud

Lucie Allouche, Abrielle Kuo, Jae Woo and Eli M. Schoenfeld perform in a mashup of The Talmud and Kung-Fu movies.
Does this theatrical experiment prove or debunk the rumor that NYC’s true artists have moved to Sunset Park?

By Andrew Andrews

Target Margin’s mission is to expand our conception of what can take place in a theater by re-imagining classic sources. Nothing better exemplifies that goal than their latest production of Meta-Phys Ed’s The Talmud—a mash-up of that ancient Jewish text with modern dance inspired by kung fu movies. On one of the most technology-centered sets I’ve seen since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the production beckons fans of either (or both!) to Sunset Park for an experimental experience unlike any I’ve ever seen.

With the lights on, the set appears to be no more than a checkboard pattern painted on the floor, with movable sheer drapery panels suspended from the ceiling in two parallel rows. But when the lights go out, whoa! The panels transform into a backdrop for handsomely-designed projections of Hebrew and English text, and the performers take the stage to interpret these quotes with modern dance, using motions and poses inspired by movies that were in turn inspired by Chinese martial arts.

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Andrew Andrews attended The Talmud at Target Margin Theater Doxsee Theater in Brooklyn on Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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