A mix of fact and fiction, theology and philosophy, David Ives's New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 is an immensely complex exploration of everything from the nature of God to the existence of the human soul. The play, about Jewish philosopher Spinoza, tumbles forward, moved by a complicated clockwork of interlocking arguments and grand debates discussed with great intensity. Theater J's wonderful production is also fantastically entertaining. To July 25. The Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, Washington, D.C.'s Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $30 to $55. Call 800-494-TIXS or visit boxofficetickets.com.
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