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Jewish Theatre & Dance Quiz

From Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?



Question 1. How did playwright Tony Kushner begin his "Angels in America"?
 With a long midrash from a rabbi
 With a reference to Adam and Eve
 With Hava Nagila
 With a clip of a speech by Golda Meir

 

Question 2. Which noted dancer made his debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York?
 Alvin Ailey
 Mikhail Baryshnikov
 Fred Astaire
 Gregory Hines

 

Question 3. Who authored "The Comedy of Betrothal"--the oldest existing Hebrew play?
 Yehuda Sommo, in 16th century Italy
 Avram Goldfadn, though he later became more famous for his works in Yiddish
 Solomon Ibn Gabirol, in 11th century Spain
 Max Nordau, Theodor Herzl's right-hand man

 

Question 4. Who was Anna Sokolow?
 An American Jewish dancer and choreographer
 An Israeli dancer and choreographer
 A Jewish theatre critic
 A patron of Jewish performing arts

 

Question 5. The Murder of Isaac, a play by the Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, is about what?
 The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
 The biblical story of the binding of Isaac
 The murder of a religious Jew at the hands of a secular Israeli gang
 A kibbutznik who moves to Tel Aviv

 

Question 6. Which of these biblical women is associated with dance?
 Sarah
 Rachel
 Miriam
 Hannah

 

Question 7. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to
 Prague
 Kiev
 Tel Aviv
 New York

 

Question 8. Who is credited with bringing Yiddish theatre from Europe to America?
 Sholom Asch
 Avram Goldfadn
 Borris Thomashevsky
 Jacob Gordin

 

Question 9. Which biblical character is main focus of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?
 Moses
 Miriam
 Joseph
 Saul
 Noah

 

Question 10. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
 Joshua Sobel
 Paddy Chayevsky
 Hillel Mittelpunkt
 Hanoch Levin