Theatre Review: "Pollard's Trial" Gets 5 Stars!

Shai Bar Yaacov - Yediot Achronot - April 24, 2011

Translated to English by J4JP


"Pollard's Trial", produced by the Cameri Theatre [Tel Aviv] which was recently performed in Old Jaffa, is a monologue written by American playwright Victor Gordon, and performed by the actor, Rami Baruch. It tells the story of Jonathan Pollard via an imagined trial in his jail cell, as Pollard presents his case to the judge -- something he was never permitted to do when he was sentenced to life 26 years ago. The play evokes harsh criticism of the Israeli establishment who abandoned Pollard, but even more compellingly, poses troubling questions about the whole American judicial process, which is revealed as twisted and double-dealing, depriving the accused of his most basic rights. Baruch delivers the monologue with consistency, sensitivity, and much intelligence, creating a complex and most convincing character. It is hard to believe that anyone who sees this play will be able to remain indifferent to the plight of Jonathan Pollard, the man. This is political theatre, enlisted, and at its best.

"Pollard's Trial" officially opens at the Cameri Theatre on May 10th.

Rating: 5 Stars * * * * *

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