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  My Name Is Asher Lev at 1st Stage Theatre

My Name Is Asher Lev

1st Stage Theatre
1524 Spring Hill Road McLean

In Aaron Posner's imaginative retelling of Chaim Potok's beloved novel, a young Jewish painter is torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his need to pursue his artistic voice. As art and faith collide in this humorous and compelling journey, Asher must choose between his community and his vast artistic promise. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist. Be sure to see the show that Talkin' Broadway called "thought-provoking, humorous and deeply insightful" when it comes to 1st Stage Theater in Tysons just outside of D.C.

Thru - Dec 17, 2017

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Box Office: 703-854-1856

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DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...1st Stage consistently brings terrific talent to our area and the actors are well-supported by excellent designers. I found the light design by Kristin A. Thompson and sound design by Reid May to be very compelling. Lights gave a dynamic view of the mother looking through a window which provided a central image for the playís conflict. The soundscape moved the audience from an intimate family space rooted in religion, to a gallery teaming with people looking at art. These are quite different spaces for different types of observance."
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Chucl Leonard

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...The direction, by Nick Olcott, is subtle and nuanced. He takes Posnerís brilliantly-written story and allows it to breathe. He is ably assisted by set designer by Jessica Cancino who in five different platforms creates the dining room, the fatherís study (and the motherís much small desk), the artistís studio, and the steps and windows of a Brooklyn brownstone. The lighting design by Kristin A. Thompson is a revelation of the working of Asherís mind, and eventually, it dawns on the audience that the three large, paned windows are an embodiment of the three crosses on Calvary, which Asher eventually uses to unleash devastating truths."
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Mary Ann Johnson

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Nick Olcott gets good work, though, from the three veteran actors who put the play before us. Beck is obliged to take his character through the first three or four of the seven ages of man, and does a convincing job. As he sits cross-legged on the floor, a six-year-old showing his mother his drawing of her, he captures exactly the heart of the boy he becomes: shy, and at the same time absolutely certain his mother will love what he is showing her, and just as sure that her judgment will be correct. Beck is similarly spot-on taking his character through the rest of his childhood and young adulthood."
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Tim Treanor

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