My Name Is Asher Lev
Miners Alley Playhouse:Now through Oct. 18
L-R: Albert Banker, Curtiss Johns and Jacqueline Garcia (Photo credit: Cody Schuyler Photography)
Under the astute eye of director Len Matheo, Aaron Posner’s stage adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel becomes a profoundly moving spiritual experience.
Curtiss Johns delivers an admirably nuanced portrayal of the titular character. A Hasidic Jew, Asher struggles to be true to his family and his religion as he grows into the expression of his truth as a great artist…something frowned upon by both his family and his religious sect.
In one of the strongest dramatic performances so far this year Albert Banker plays the Men: Asher’s father, his uncle and his mentor.
Jacqueline Garcia plays the Women. Ms. Garcia’s performance in the role of Asher’s mother is by turns heart opening and heart breaking.
Jonathan Scott-McKean's scenic design is aesthetically pleasing in its clean, spare composition and accompanied by a projection design, which enhances the proceedings immeasurably. The exquisite music chosen by director Matheo for his sound design is striking and the costume design by Nicole M. Harrison is spot on.
It’s a wondrously contemplative evening of theatre that’s indelible.
***(Please note: “My Name is Asher Lev” contains brief nudity.)Marlowe's Musings
Miners Alley Playhouse
"My Name is Asher Lev"
A young Jewish painter is torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. Fri/Sat @ 7:30.p.m. Sun. @ 6 p.m. (2 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 18).
Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, CO 80401 303-935-3044 or online at minersalley.com