Artword Theatre’s If Cows Could Fly at The Lyric, Jan 30-Feb 3

Cows2013_poster_v2_400.jpgAn Artword Theatre favourite is back! Allan Merovitz‘s delightful show If Cows Could Fly, with live Klezmer music, runs Wed to Sat, January 30 to Feb 2, 2013, at 8 pm, plus two shows Sunday, February 3, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Wed, Thurs & Sun: $19 regular, $16 seniors/students. Fri & Sat: $25 regular, $16 students/seniors. Venue: Lyric Theatre, 434 King St. W. Tickets: 905-527-6135 or
Allan Merovitz, a widely-known actor and Klezmer musician, grew up in Smiths  Falls in the Ottawa Valley in a family of Hassidic Jews. If Cows Could Fly traces the story of his family making their way from Poland, Lithuania and Kishinev to the tiny rural Ontario community of Smiths Falls. The story of his family is a microcosm of the Jewish experience world-wide. Allan has reconstructed the fragmented memories of his family in diaspora, and interspersed them with a wide range of musical styles – Yiddish songs, country-and-western ballads, as well as Klezmer and Ottawa Valley fiddle tunes.
Written and performed by Allan Merovitz, Directed by Ronald Weihs
Music direction by Frank Rackow, Designed by Judith Sandiford

Allan tells how his Zaide escaped being conscripted into the Russian army by the Cossacks. How a ghost helped Frume leave her marriage (“get a get”) and start a new life with her two children. How Bubbe Oudel supported her family – and the whole neighbourhood – during the hungry depression. How Uncle Hy, war hero and demolition expert, solved the problem of “No Jews Allowed on this Road”.

The tales lead from villages in Poland and Bessarabia, to Antwerp, London, and on to the new world, Nova Scotia, Montreal, and finally Smiths Falls in the Ottawa Valley.

Running through all the stories is the indomitable spirit to survive, persist, and transcend. An impossible dream is said to come true only “if cows could fly”. Impossible? Maybe it’s just a matter of getting really good at something – making shoes, shooting pool, remembering who you are.

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