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Putting the mitzvah back into bar-- in "30 is the new 13"



"30 is the new 13," produced by Jennifer Lieberman, and written by Suzanne Bressler, is a Hollywood Fringe Fest 2014 favorite, a definite must see this summer season. It's a very touching coming of age, edgy, sentimental story, a theatrical commentary on how to safeguard the spiritual elements of the ritual Bar Mitzvah ceremony in an age which openly embraces unbridled materialism.

Age is only a number, in the case of Jason (David Gironda), a dreamer-musician, who throws in the towel on his law career, in hopes of pursuing his true passion, and in turn, in a case of "arrested development," moves in with his beloved grandma (Deanne Mencher) and studies for a Bar Mitzvah. This show reminds its audience, of all generations, the importance of a Bar Mitzvah being a time for unwrapping 'gifts of the spirit, ' as it were, instead of material presents from family and friends.

The stellar cast/ensemble includes Gironda, Mencher, as well as Oliviana Marie (Rhonnie); Jeff Asch (Rabbi); Brice Harris (Dad); and Elaine Kratofil (Mom), as they relay onstage, the ultimate importance of being true to oneself and following one's heart. This complex journey sets the tone for ensuing scenes, in which Jason, under the encouragement of his cousin Rhonnie, and the tutelage of his mentor/rabbi, takes on his greatest challenge yet, and in the process, blossoms and develops, with the sage help and guidance of dad, throughout the story. The playwright, director, and producer successfully capture the growing pains and 'late adolescent' angst of Jason, as they portray a vivid picture of growing up dysfunctional.

The audience will immediate empathize and resonate with Jason, his yearning and anxiety so palpable, as he surrounds himself with loved ones, all the while trying to enjoy life, pursue dreams, and ultimately survive and even blossom. Audiences will indulge in this charming show of true nostalgia, as Jason finally has his moment in the spotlight.

Through June 28th at 7pm at The Ruby Theatre @ The Complex

Saturday June 21, 7pm Show
Sunday June 22, 2pm Show
Saturday June 28, 2pm & 7pm Shows

6476 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 465-0383

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