Faith and philosophy face off in GableStage’s ‘New Jerusalem’

March 29, 2015 5:49 PM

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Faith and philosophy face off in GableStage’s ‘New Jerusalem’

David Ives’ New Jerusalem is set in 1656, and it’s about the herem, or excommunication, of philosopher Baruch de Spinoza from Amsterdam’s Talmud Torah congregation.

But as director Joseph Adler’s new production at GableStage demonstrates, the 2008 Off-Broadway play is no stuffy historical drama (though it does unfold in a 17th century synagogue designed by Lyle Baskin, and its characters wear Ellis Tillman’s period costumes).

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