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The Rubenstein Kiss

The Rubenstein Kiss is coming to Nottingham PlayhouseThe Rubenstein Kiss by James Phillips
At the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
29th October, 2015

‘The war is inside as well as outside’
James Phillips’ debut play is set in 1953, at the height of the McCarthy witch hunt, when Jewish-American communists, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sent to the electric chair, convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, despite protesting their innocence to the last. They were ultimately condemned on the evidence of Ethel’s brother, David Greenglass, who was himself imprisoned for his part in the alleged conspiracy. Changing the names allows Philips scope for artistic licence. He grafts a fictional element, the framing device, on to the facts, and eventually mixes both plots together.
It is cleverly structured around two generations: the Rubenstein couple in the 50s and Esther Rubenstein’s brother and his wife, alongside the two children of these relationships in the 70s; cousins living with the history of their parents’ controversial lives.

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