Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Straight Outta Brooklyn 

Two kids come of age at the Play House.

A softball rivalry sparks an unlikely cross-cultural friendship in The Chosen, which opens at the Cleveland Play House tonight. The production is based on a 1967 novel about best pals who come from opposite sides of Brooklyn's divided Jewish American community. "The differences are almost entirely cultural — seen through fashion and religious practices," says director Seth Gordon. "It can't be said that one is more religious or more observant than the other."Chaim Potok's sprawling book (which was made into a 1981 movie starring Robby Benson) posed a few challenges for the stage, says Gordon. "You have to find a more narrow narrative line," he says. "You have to leave room for human beings to come alive." As the boys approach manhood, their respective identity crises ignite. "Essentially, it's about how we are tested," says Gordon. "And how we have to defy our fathers to become who we are." The Chosen runs through November 25 at the Cleveland Play House's Drury Theatre, 8500 Euclid Avenue. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $39 to $62. Call 216-795-7000 or visit
Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Nov. 2. Continues through Nov. 25, 2007

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Highlights

More by Marge Perko

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation