No matter how many newspaper articles we read or documentaries we watch about Israel or any other region under the constant threat of attack, it is next to impossible to get a true sense of what contemporary life in such places must be like. That enormous challenge, of communicating the peculiar feeling of daily life in a politically and physically insecure environment, was part of what motivated Iris Bahr to write her one-person show, “Dai.” It has its local premiere tonight in the Jewish Repertory Theatre’s Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville).
Bahr’s play, which she first wrote and performed in 2006, explores the lives of 11 people who have gathered in a Tel Aviv cafe. Each character’s story about his or her background and political views adds new layers to the play, a complex portrait of a complex region whose Hebrew title means, simply, “Enough!”
Buffalo actor Josie DiVincenzo will take on the challenging piece under the direction of JRT co-founder Saul Elkin.
JRT has had marked success with one-person shows in the past, including its 2008 production of “Golda’s Balcony” starring Christina Rausa, and a remount of Mark Humphrey’s “Mister Benny” last year starring Tim Newell.
“Dai” continues through March 2. Tickets are $10 to $38. Call 688-4033, Ext. 391 or visit www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com.
– Colin Dabkowski