Simcha Readers’ Theater Celebrates Purim 2019

Simcha Readers’ Theater Celebrates Purim 2019

The 2018 Simcha Readers’ Theater Players performing an original Purim Schpiel inspired by the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. Credit: Rachel Wimberley

By Sue Bilich

Simcha Readers’ Theater will celebrate Purim with a presentation of their hilarious way off-Broadway schpiel, “The Sound of Groggers,” written by Bennett Neiman. Those who thought last year’s “Esther on the Roof” schpiel was funny, will love “The Sound of Groggers.”

Simcha Readers’ Theater will present “The Sound of Groggers” March 13 at 2 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. The events are free to attend and will be held in the JCC Community Hall, stage side, 7300 Hart Lane.

Back by popular demand, Simcha Readers’ Theater will present two shows to celebrate the holiday. Directed by Sue Bilich and Laura King, with music by Greta Gutman and Marc Kapner, and stage manager Marta Shaftel, the production features a very talented cast, cheesy costumes, mystery, romance, humor and songs to die for.

There will be two opportunities for audiences to witness this side splitting parody of “The Sound of Music,” which includes all the usual (and some unusual) Purim suspects—a king, Vashti, Haman, Zeresh, Mordechai, Esther, Rolf, the lovely spoiled Van Trope daughters, and a bubbe —all living in the Bavarian Alps during the 1930’s. The Von Tropes, Esther and Bubbe are forced to escape from the terrible Yatzi’s on Jewish Clydesdales, led by Murray the stableman.

Will the Jews survive Haman’s wicked plan? Come to the show and find out, and enjoy some Hamantashan and a drink afterward. ■

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