Rank and File: Annie Goes to Be'er Sheva

Steven Klein
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Perez, Shai, Izakovich and Howden in “Annie.” Credit: Avital Cohen
Steven Klein

HERE IS THE NEWS: For many decades Israeli television broadcast the news in English, but that came to an end in 2015. Last Sunday, though, the weekday television service returned to Israel – but, literally, not through the normal channels. Instead, Cyprus-based Middle East Television is hosting the 30-minute ILTV newscasts, broadcast Sunday through Thursday at 10 P.M. and produced in Tel Aviv. “Since our inception in November 2015, ILTV has only been available to local viewers via the internet,” ILTV’s Steve Leibowitz told Haaretz. “Many in Israel want to watch the news on television, and now they can do so on METV. In addition to our daily news, METV will soon begin airing all ILTV English programming – which means about an hour every day.” METV can be found on HOT channel 150 and YES channel 109.

A NIGHT AT THE LIGHT OPERA: The sun’ll come out when LOGON – the Light Opera Group of the Negev – stages the musical “Annie” in English. Its tour starts February 23 in Be’er Sheva, concluding in the same city on March 26. The popular show is set in Depression-era New York City and follows a little orphan girl who runs away in search of her parents. She’s taken in by the super-rich “Daddy” Warbucks and winds up inspiring newly elected President Franklin Roosevelt to turn the country around. LOGON has recruited a dozen young children for the production, including Abigail Shai and Avia Izakovich, both 10, who play Annie on alternate nights. The show also features Michael Herman and Adi Moyal as villainous couple Rooster and Lily; Tamar Naggan as the boozy Miss Hannigan; Stephen Howden as industrialist Daddy Warbucks; and Patrice Perez as Warbucks’ secretary, Grace. For more info, visit www.negevlightopera.com

HEAD FOR ‘THE CITY’: English-speaking theatergoers have a special opportunity to catch a translated version of a hit Israeli show, performed by the original Israeli artists. Next Tuesday, Jerusalem’s Incubator Theater will host “The City,” a hip-hop opera created by the Victor Jackson Show ensemble. “The City” is a rap opera written entirely in rhyme, performed as one continuous song. The film noir plot focuses on the character of Joe, a cynical and bitter detective working in a corrupt, decaying city, who is visited by an old schoolmate looking for her sister. The show made headlines in 2014 when it was boycotted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show, sponsored by The Times of Israel, features the ensemble who wrote it – Amit Ulman, Omer Havron and Omer Mor – as well as Dorit Lilien and Roni Rocket. For tickets, call *9066 or visit www.eventim.co.il

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? Email us at: column@haaretz.co.il