For Yair Lehman, it’s a matter of identity

When it comes to intriguing play titles The Beautiful Israeli is right up there. Intriguing? Nay! I’d say downright appealing and definitively consumer friendly. Who in their right mind, especially in the run-up to the general elections, would not want to be reminded of all the positive attributes of the Moshe or Michal on the street?

Then again, the title of Yair Lehman’s new monodrama, which will be performed at the Incubator Theater in Jerusalem today as well as February 12 and 26 (all 8:30 p.m.), and at Tzavta in Tel Aviv on February 17, at 9 p.m., is something of a misnomer. While Lehman is certainly a patriot, and does his bit for president and country, his play is not an unadulterated approbation of the sunny side of the common or garden-variety Israeli.


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