On June 23, 1944, the Red Cross inspected the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (located in what is now the Czech Republic), in response to "rumors" that Jews were being exterminated. In preparation, the Nazis fabricated an intricate ruse to dupe the inspectors. Many prisoners were deported to Auschwitz, leaving just two or three inmates to each freshly painted room, and an entire village, filled with fake shops and cafés, was constructed to give the appearance of a life of comfort. Based on the true story, the New Jewish Theatre presents Way to Heaven, a play within a play, where prisoners are assigned roles and rehearse lines to say before their Red Cross audience. Way to Heaven will be performed tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Wool Studio Theatre (2 Millstone Campus Drive). General Admission is $35.50 to $37.50. The play runs through Sunday, February 12. For more details and to order tickets, visit www.newjewishtheatre.org.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 26. Continues through Feb. 12, 2012