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High-spirited and tuneful, but long and cumbersome, âSoul Doctorâ is a bio musical in fair condition.
Recalling the life of the late Shlomo Carlebach, it Michael Kors Outlet Bags hits all the major mile markers beginning with his Orthodox boyhood in Nazi occupied Vienna. It proceeds to trace his familyâs escape to America, his controversial friendship with soulful Nina Simone and the double edge of stardom when he becomes âThe Singing Rabbiâ who rocks pop culture in the 1960s and beyond.
Itâs an intriguing idea and Carlebachâs acoustic- and faith-driven songs, which are woven throughout the show, are easy on the ears and pleasantly rousing, if repetitive.
Book writer and director Daniel S. Wise and lyricist David Schechter focus on the various tensions created by Carlebachâs rejection of his traditional heritage Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online in order to reach out to Jewish youth of flagging faith in his Michael Kors Shop Online own way.
Despite Michael Kors Purses Outlet ham-fisted scenes, including one when heâs declared a âsoul doctorâ and another with a trippy Timothy Leary, Eric Anderson grounds the show with his sweet and charismatic performance as Carlebach. To their credit, the creatorsâ detailed portrait capture the rabbiâs great enthusiasm and deep insecurities.
Otherwise, characters and plot developments are sketchy, even with fine work by Steven Hauck as Carlebachâs exacting father and Merideth Kaye Clark as a die-hard devotee. A reunion with the woman Carlebach eventually weds may be factual, but it feels fake.
The finest scene comes as Carlebach meets the fiery Simone (Erica Ash, exquisite) in a club where sheâs singing. According to strict religious rules, he shouldnât even be talking to her. But they Michael Kors Bags Outlet discover that, despite huge differences, they share common ground and views that firmly bond Michael Kors Outlet them. The exchange sticks out because itâs realized with so much nuance and depth. More of that, please.
The show, which runs through Sunday, reportedly has its eye on Broadwayâs Circle in the Square Theatre. Before it gets there, some proverbial wisdom: âDoctor,â heal thyself.
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