by Michelle Falkenstein

Golda’s Balcony

After opening runs in Lenox, Massachusetts and Boston, and four sold-out months Off Broadway, “Golda’s Balcony,” the play about Golda Meir’s life, has found a Broadway home. The New York version stars powerhouse Tovah Feldshuh, who fills that large space just as well as she did the smaller one, which seemed barely able to contain her. The play began its life in 1977 on Broadway as an unsuccessful ensemble piece starring Anne Bancroft, but playwright William Gibson has rendered it down to its most essential element: Golda herself The rest of the cast—Moshe Dayan, David Ben-Gurion, Shimon Peres, Anwar Sadat and the rest of the men Golda worked with and against as prime minister—are conjured up by shifts in Feldshuh’s accent and in photographs projected onto the walls of her shabby room. Feldshuh’s imitation of Henry Kissinger is reason enough to buy tickets.

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