The Schmooze

Shlomo Carlebach Whack-a-Mole

“Soul Doctor,” the musical about the life of the rockin’ rabbi, Shlomo Carlebach, is a theatrical version of the carnival whack-a-mole game. It seems to pop up every now and then, but disappears back into its hole almost as quickly as it appeared.

The play was the first English language production of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene in 2007. That was followed by readings at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Roundabout Theater, two productions in New Orleans, one each in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and now briefly back in New York.

This latest production officially opened Monday and will close August 19, but the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t aspect of the play may soon disappear as quickly as the moles. Its writer and director Daniel Wise says two theater owners — one on and one off-Broadway — have approached the producers about bringing the play there.

Recommend this article

Shlomo Carlebach Whack-a-Mole

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close
Close