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  Truman and the Birth of Israel at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Truman and the Birth of Israel

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

The man from Independence who ascended to the presidency after the death of FDR, Harry S. Truman is remembered as a feisty politician who would've filled his Twitter feed with famous remarks like, "You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog." But despite the foreign-policy turmoil he faced at the end of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War, this former Missouri farmer, WWI veteran and Democratic Senator risked it all to support the creation of an independent state of Israel. This Forum Productions play at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center explores how "Give 'em Hell" Harry altered the future of the Jewish people forever.

Thru - Nov 18, 2018

Price: $32-$35

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Spatz and director Randy White proceed to open that can of worms, in what I guess must be an attempt to (a) evoke Truman's complexity and (b) justify the existence of Israel. Some interesting stuff slithers out. I didn't know (and this part's true) that Harry's wife, Bess, refused to allow Jews across her threshold, even though Harry's prepolitics business partner was Jewish. But the overall impression is of a squirming mess of polemics trying to pass for drama. An awkward last-minute attack on the audience's Holocaust heartstrings is worse than merely maudlin or failed—it's grotesque."
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Tony Adler

Windy City Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...It's fascinating history but rather detailed and picayune, especially when Truman and Muller dissect complex post-WWII Palestine policy and politics. The result is an impassioned play to be sure, but not a good play. For example, playwright William Spatz recounts considerable Truman biographical information, ostensibly to prepare his legal defense, but much of it has been covered theatrically well before this, and much of it is unconnected to Israeli history. The play may need a narrower focus."
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Jonathan Abarbanel

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...David Cohen’s historical play is stuffed with more information than many audiences will be able to absorb. Depending upon the individual theatergoer’s age, background and interest in history, this production may simply overwhelm. But patrons who enjoy a play that enlightens and piques their interest to learn more will greatly enjoy this production. The powerful payoff that occurs in the play’s the final scene is certainly worth the journey."
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Colin Douglas

Chicago Theater and Arts - Somewhat Recommended

"...In short, there were a lot of moving parts that included a number of missteps and poor judgments by Truman which may or may not have been purposeful or subconscious. Clearly some were misinformed and misguided, especially when viewed with the benefit of hindsight."
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Reno Lovison

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