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  Everything Is Illuminated at Theater J

Everything Is Illuminated

Theater J
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington

Jonathan Safran Foer's award-winning novel -- about a young American Jewish writer who travels to the Ukraine to find the woman who may've saved his grandfather from the Nazis -- makes its journey to the stage with its blend of sharply-realized comedy and deeply-affecting drama blessedly intact. Accompanied by Alex, a pop-culture obsessed, English-mangling translator, Alex's grandfather and his overly amorous dog Sammy Davis Jr. Jr., they embark on an eventful trip to uncover a past that turns out to be packed with surprises. This East Coast premiere comes to the Theater J stage at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

Thru - Feb 4, 2018

Box Office: 202-777-3210

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MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...Jonathan Safran Foer's 2002 debut novel Everything Is Illuminated told a poignant Holocaust narrative from a perspective a few generations removed from that of most authors who have tackled the subject. The descendant of a Holocaust survivor, Safran Foer plotted parts of his story around family lore and recollections of the long-ago experiences that shaped his very existence. Likewise, the writer's fictional stand-in, also named Jonathan, has little more than an old photograph and the stories he's been told to guide him on his quest to recover precious truths from his family's well of history. Adapted for the stage by Simon Block, Everything Is Illuminated enacts the writer's quest in a nuanced Theater J production directed by Aaron Posner."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Jonathan Safran Foer's 2002 semi-autobiographical debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, is a riveting portrayal of one man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis at the start of World War II. While the journey of the central character, Jonathan, is the focus of the book, and the brilliant adaption playing now at Theatre J, the secondary story of Alex and his grandfather is equally, if not more, poignant."
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Keith Tittermary

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Everything Is Illuminated-adapted by British playwright Simon Block from Jonathan Safran Foer's acclaimed debut novel-delves into the distance between Holocaust remembering and Holocaust forgetting. Between honoring the dead and disavowing why and how they died. Between the sorrow and the complicity. And incredibly, unforgettably, what comes shining through like literal light is a radiant emotional experience as heartrending as it is hilarious."
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John Stoltenberg

DCTheatreScene - Somewhat Recommended

"...Some stories thrive when they stick to their original medium. I believe Everything is Illuminated is one of those stories. I feel the compression of ornate concepts bursting through the seams of this script, gasping for breathing room. While I admit I have not read the book, I sense that this tale prospers as a novel. There's just too much to convey in a mere two hours and fifteen minutes. Although Illuminated displays inventiveness and care towards the source material, this production withers just as often as it blooms."
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Emily Priborkin

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