With highly commendable writing by Lally Katz we are introduced to a world steeped in mysticism and supernatural powers. God and his creation, man and his maker, when does the image cease to exist within itself and become a shadow of a higher power? And who dares to initiate a work of creation in the name of God?
Pertinent questions and very much resonant today as the audience are invited to contemplate man’s power of invention and determination to create – albeit with caution – as we venture into unkown territory unaware of the dangers that are to be unleashed.
We are in Prague in 1592 and in a Jewish synagogue beneath an antique chandelier there lies a young woman, Ahava (Yael Stone) shorn of her womanly locks, twisting and contorting as she struggles to breathe. She has been exorcized of the spirit of her former fiancée who overtook her body and mind. Desperate to fill the void she now seeks God – but no touch, no prayer, no answer in response to her pleas for help are given. With the Rabbi (Brian Lipson) and his student Amos (Dan Spielman) as her guides she begins a journey as a maid, a servant only to become instrumental in the creation of a Golem – undertaken by the Rabbi in an attempt to save the Jews from the Christian persecution.
With brilliant performances by all the actors music is one of the biggest strengths of the production and Mark Jones has excelled in his choice of arrangements and direction and also provides a bitingly funny performance as the Emperor.
As Cantor and also Jewish/religious Consultant Michel Laloum’s voice is particularly golden and adds much depth to a very well crafted production. The set and costumes were also highly effective though the need to light over sixty candles is debatable.
There is a twist at the end of Golem’s story; one that is so remarkably simple and yet so carefully crafted that it develops as a matter of natural course and leaves the audience feeling complete and very appreciative of a stellar cast and laudable production.
Malthouse Theatre presents
A GOLEM STORY
by Lally Katz
Director Michael Kantor
Venue: Merlyn Theatre, The Cub Malthouse | 113 Sturt St Southbank Vic 3006
Dates: 10 June – 2 July, 2011
Times: Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm. Tuesdays 7pm. Sundays 5pm.
Matinees: Saturday 25 June 2pm, Thursday 30 June 1pm
Tickets: $21 – $55 + min booking fee $1.50
Bookings: www.malthousetheatre.com.au | 03 9685 5111