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Arrive Tomorrow
deals with a number of events and situations
related to the Israeli War of Independence. His
Call Me Siomka
is also based on Israeli life, while his
Yohanan Bar Hama
deals
with an historical theme and points up the conflict between the
aristocratic and lowly classes during the era of the Second Com-
monwealth.
In more recent years two playwrights have made their appear-
ance who have abandoned current reporting for thematic mate-
rial of a serious and probing nature. The poet Binyamin Galai
has given symbolic treatment in his
Sodom City
to the spiritual
malaise of man and to his abandonment of spiritual values.
Yehuda Haezrachi has written plays of social criticism which
excel in their psychological treatment of character. His
The
Refusal
compresses its action in the split moments between the
ringing of a telephone and the lifting of the receiver by its prin-
cipal character. Among other recent plays are those of Asher
Nahor who deals with problems of an individual nature against
the background of the new Israeli life. His best play in this genre
is entitled
The Quiet Corner.
Many other works have appeared in print, although they have
had a scant reading public. At present there is a good oppor-
tunity to read a great many more plays than heretofore. A new
bi-monthly theatre magazine,
Teatron,
edited by Moshe Shamir,
has just been issued by the Haifa Theatre. In addition to articles
and critical comments on the theatre, the magazine promises to
publish a complete play in each issue, as well as new local plays
in part or in their entirety. The first issue, which is quite attrac-
tive, contains a translation of Max Frisch’s
Andorra
produced by
the Haifa Theatre, and parts of Aloni’s
The Emperor’s Clothes;
also a complete new play which has yet not been seen,
Yavneh
by
Shlomo Sheva. If it continues as it has started, this magazine
promises to be a real boon to those who not only love the theatre
as a spectacle, but also like to read the plays which reflect the
current life of the country and the happenings in and around
the playhouse. Of longer standing is the theatre bi-monthly
periodical
Bamah,
edited by Israel Gur and published in Jeru-
salem by the Habimah Circle.