Actors Remain Silent to Indicate Segments Censor Wanted Deleted from a Controversial Play

Although still not passed by the theater and film censorship board, Hanoch Levin’s controversial play “The Patriot” was staged at the Neve Zedek Playhouse last night — but without the actors speaking the lines the censor wants deleted.

But the audience knew exactly what the censor wanted to cut. The theater director stepped onto the stage at two points in the satirical cabaret-type production as the actors fell silent, to announce:” And here the censor deleted the following….”

The management decided to stage the show in this manner, as a meeting of the censorship board, scheduled to re-discuss the deletions failed to meet, postponing the reconsideration till next week.

In Jerusalem, Mayor Teddy Kollek and the Jerusalem theater have rejected a demand by the Jerusalem Religious Council that they half the presentation in the capital of another controversial play — the Haifa Theater production of Yehoshua Sobol’s “Soul of A Jew,” depicting the last hours of Otto Weininger, a Jewish anti-Semite who committed suicide in Austria in 1903, at the age of 23.

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