A Coupla Jewish Writers Talk Theater, Drinking and Escaping the Midwest

By Joshua Furst

Over the past 15 years or so, Brooke Berman has built a reputation as one of the funniest and most emotionally honest playwrights of her generation. Her often autobiographical work includes “Hunting and Gathering,” which received a celebrated production at Primary Stages in 2008, as well as “Smashing,” “Until We Find Each Other,” and “The Triple Happiness.” It examines the struggles and compromises of women grappling with uncertainty, instability and the weight of their expectations for themselves and their world.

Berman is the wife of my friend and Forward contributor Gordon Haber, and when I first met her, she struck me at the time as a successful version of the spiritually-minded, artistic type of person — airy and abstract and very into yoga — that I’d become familiar with in the New York theater scene over the years. Since then I’ve realized that she’s much tougher. Her faith is grounded in hard experience (chronicled in her memoir, “No Place Like Home”) and it’s allowed her to handle things that would crush a lesser person with compassion, wisdom and enduring hope. I asked her to join me for a drink to discuss “1300 Lafayette East,” the new play she opened in Detroit, among other topics.

[Read the interview on Forward.com]

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    I’ve seen some works by Brooke Berman. I agree with the article completely on giving her the tributes she deserves.

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    Brook Berman is a wonderful dramatist with an excellent sense of humor. There is nothing better than a humorous treat to all problems and transmit this spirit to others. Bravo, Brook! – Lisa from http://essaysamurai.com

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