Handle With Care

By Jason Odell Williams, with Hebrew by Charlotte Cohn
Directed by Kit Wilder.
Nov. 19-Dec. 20, 2015. Check out photos from our show.
JUST ADDED: Saturday matinee: 3 p.m. Dec. 19!

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In the tradition of 2013’s Coney Island Christmas, City Lights offers up this delightful holiday romantic comedy. Is it chance, or is it destiny? Or the perfect Jewish Christmas story?

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Ayelet (Roneet Aliza Rahamim) and Josh (Max Tachis) in “Handle With Care.” Photos by Susan Mah Photography.

 

Why you should see Handle With Care

Because the perfect Jewish Christmas story doesn’t come along every day.
Because the New York Times calls it “a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy.”
Because playwright Jason Odell Williams has also been a writer and producer for Brain Games. Major cool factor.
Because it’s pretty rare to hear an actress switching effortlessly between Hebrew and English on stage.
Because Roneet Aliza Rahamim is one of the most delightful leading ladies around. Remember Coney Island Christmas ?
Because Jimmy Stewart and Owen Wilson are both in the show. Kind of.

Synopsis

Magic can happen anywhere—can’t it? In this comedy about love, nostalgia, cross-cultural communication, and the importance of GPS tracking devices, a young Israeli woman with little command of English and a young American man with little command of romance are brought together on Christmas Eve under the most bizarre circumstances.

What people are saying about our production

“One would have to look far and wide to find a more enjoyable, funny, and heartwarming way to kick off the holiday season this year—whatever holiday that person might be planning to celebrate.”  -Eddie Reynolds, Talkin’ Broadway

“A surprisingly witty and touching comedy, nimbly directed by Kit Wilder for City Lights Theater Company, this Hanukkah/Christmas story is a sweet way to kick off the holiday season.”  -Karen d’Souza, Mercury News

“It has been years since we’ve been to a play with such exemplary acting. Even if you do not understand the Hebrew portions exactly, the body language of the bilingual woman and responses of the English speakers make it clear. If you appreciate outstanding theater, language is not an issue.”  -Albert Rabinovitch, patron

 

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Josh (Max Tachis) and Terrence (Jeremy Ryan) have a tough problem to solve on Christmas Eve. Also, it’s snowing.

Cast

Ayelet: Roneet Aliza Rahamim
Terrence: Jeremy Ryan
Josh: Max Tachis
Edna: Roberta J. Morris

 

Podcast & dramaturgy

  • Podcast: The role of Ayelet was first played by Charlotte Cohn, who wrote the Hebrew dialogue and is also the wife of playwright Jason Odell Williams. Why did she specifically want to play a character who would be misunderstood? Find out in our audio interview with the couple.
  • Dramaturgy: Immerse yourself even more in the world of Handle With Care by reading Highlights, our dramaturg’s guide. Learn more about the characters, actors and creators, and appreciate the acting genius that is Carol Lawrence. Pick up a bit of Hebrew, too.

 

More information and special events

Handle With Care runs Nov. 19-Dec. 20, 2015.
Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m. (No shows on Nov. 22 and Nov. 26.)
One Wed. show: Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.: Just $15 for students / $25 general & seniors.
NEW: Saturday matinee, 3 p.m. Dec. 19!
Tickets: $15-$32. Discounts for seniors and students/educators. Buy your tickets online. ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.)

Parking: 
Parking is provided for $5 for most performances across the street at Notre Dame High School (call for availability for your performance) or park on street. View an interactive parking map of downtown San Jose. The theater is wheelchair-accessible.

Special events:
Thursday, Nov. 19: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. Friday, Nov. 20: Preview Night ($17).
Saturday, Nov. 21: Opening Night celebration: $35 general, $30 seniors, $19 students/educators.
Thursday, Dec. 10: The Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley is our nonprofit partner for the production. We’ll donate 25% of the regular-priced single-ticket sales from the Dec. 10 performance to the organization. Our JCC friends will also join us for a special Chanukah menorah-lighting on stage before the show.

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