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  Trayf at Theater J


Theater J
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington

The Yiddish word for "non-kosher," Trayf follows the adventures of Zalmy, the loyal follower of a New York rebbe, whose decidedly unorthodox lifestyle involves driving a a tricked-out "Mitzvah Tank" by day, and then sneaking away from his ultra-religious community at night to raise a little hazarai -- roller skating and rocking out in clubs. That is, until an eager young man asks to be Zalmy's student, forcing him to choose once and for all between the sacred and the secular. Theater J stages this funny and heartfelt new play by Lindsay Joelle at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

Thru - Jun 24, 2018

Box Office: 202-777-3210

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BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Joelle's prose really cannot be complimented enough. In an hour and half, she is able to dive into issues such as faith, identity, friendship, and purpose, with a clarity and introspection rarely seen onstage. The character's she has created to explore these issues are relatable, in their relationships to each other and the inner struggles they all face. The result is a wonderfully poignant and funny evening at Theater J with Trayf."
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Benjamin Tomchik

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Director Derek Goldman skillfully brings these sonic, visual, and dramatic elements together. This is no small feat, and not every play, even a deserving play like Trayf, especially on its world premiere, receives such treatment."
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Ian Thal

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...Director Derek Goldman has assembled a superb cast, each of whom embodies their respective characters with ease, authenticity, and grace. Gifted with comedic timing, Adams and Herman provide heartfelt moments that frequently give way to side-splitting humor. Rose portrays the sharp, no-nonsense Leah with the perfect blend of sensitivity and outrage, and Jonathan beautifully captures the fervor of a zealous convert convinced his new religion really does have all the answers."
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Jeannette Mulherin

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Lindsay Joelle smartly anchors the play in the specific details of the Orthodox Jewish world yet poses universal themes. Everyone can identify with the challenges of maintaining a relationship when friends are growing up and heading in different directions. The play also explores the importance of commitment versus tolerance, a message which feels especially appropriate today."
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Steven McKnight

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