Dai Review - Enough!

Dai from the Hebrew word Dayenu means “enough.”  For actress/writer Iris Bahr, the violence is enough.  In her magnificent solo performance, she brings us to a Tel Aviv café just before a suicide bomber explodes himself.  In her journey she introduces us to eleven colorful Israeli characters – all unaware of their imminent fate.  (All of them one part of her life.)

Iris as the expat from Long Island

There are the Zionist kibbutznik, the extremist West Bank settler, the snooty expat living in Long Island, the Russian prostitute, a young American in the Israeli army, a Christian Evangelist, a young gay boy, an American actress, and a Palestinian Professor trying to keep her son from being an extremist and others.  

As they share their stories of their lives and life in Israel, we get to know them and the Israeli people, as well.  The views of the conflict are mixed, as the characters are, but it is all told from an Israeli perspective and gives some basic Jewish history facts while creating a visceral experience for those watching the play.  

Iris Bahr as kibbutznik

It’s a remarkable fete of acting that she can make each character come alive as a separate being.  Each story is punctuated by the sounds of violence as the café is blown up and the actress artfully changes to a new character.  

Bahr , an actress and comedian, who, herself, grew up and served in the Israeli army, has personally experienced many of the characters that she portrays.  She knows first hand the dangers of living in Israel and  in New York.  She might be recognized as the Orthodox Jewish young woman in CURB YOUR ENTHUSIAM

Iris as the American serving in the Israeli army

In her quest, the performer is assisted by the direction of Will Pomerantz and the theatre’s artistic director, Dave Fofi.  

Sound design is by Frank Gaeta; sound mixing by Patrick Giraudi and lighting design by Matt Richter

The play has won several awards in Europe and the United Kingdom (The Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and had a command performance at the United Nations for over 100 ambassadors and delegates.  In addition it won the Drama Desk and UK Stage Award for Outstanding Solo Show and Sound Design.

Iris Bahr

Coming from a smash – Off Broadway run, this winner of the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show – Dai performs at the Lillian Theatre (1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood, Ca 90038) until February 15th, 2009.  Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm.  Running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.  There is wheelchair access at the theater.  

Ticket prices are $25.  For reservations call 323 960 4410 or reserve on line at www.plays411.com/dai.  

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