, first a book read by millions around the world and then a play, presented here as a co-production of Theater LaB Houston and the Evelyn Rubenstein Houston Jewish Community Center. “I think that it’s a timely story in that there’s several themes: father and son, family expectation; there’s splits that happen that will feel like people have to take sides,” says director Linda Phenix. “And then what the people do with that.” Also, she adds, “It’s very important that we continue to educate future generations about the Holocaust.” With a cast that also includes Steve Garfinkel as Reb Saunders, Brad Goertz as The Narrator (older) Reuven Malter and Trevor B. Cone as David Malter, Phenix says this is a good show “for a family to see and then have so much to talk about later.”
7:30 p.m. Thursday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sundays. Through May 21. The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood. For information, call 713-868-7516 or visit thelabhou.org
. $22 to $42.
It is a modern classic, the story of two teenage boys in 1940s Brooklyn from rival yeshivas, one Hasidic and the other Modern Orthodox, with news of the Holocaust in the background. During an intense baseball game, batter Danny Saunders (played by John Forgy) hits a ball hard into the face of pitcher Reuven Malter (Brian Chambers), who ends up in the hospital. Danny comes to visit Reuven and the resulting friendship lasts for years despite all sorts of difficulties, including one father forbidding his son to talk to the other boy. It’s Chaim Potok’s