The fascinating life of the fourth Prime Minister of Israel focusing on the periods around the Yom Kippur War.

In a one-woman show with archival films in the background, the almost unrecognizable Golden Globe Winner Valerie Harper plays a dozen characters that cross paths with former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.

The focus is on the 1973 war, which Israel almost lost, and how Ms Meir succeeded in getting the armaments she needed from U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The term “Golda’s Balcony” referred to a viewing platform in Israel’s nuclear weapons facility, and the Broadway play of Golda’s Balcony was the longest running one-woman show in Broadway history. It follows the trajectory of the life of Golda Meir from Russian immigrant to American schoolteacher to a leader of international politics. It was produced by David Fishelson, opened Off-Broadway at Manhattan Ensemble Theatre (“MET”) on March 26, 2003, where it sold out its entire 16-week run. Three months after closing Off-Broadway, the MET production, also starring Tovah Feldshuh and produced by Fishelson (directed by Scott Schwartz), opened on October 15, 2003 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it ran for 14 previews and 493 performances. This 2006 version was adapted to film with Valerie Harper in the lead role.

The DVD version features a special bonus segment entitled “The Making of Golda’s Balcony” (27 minutes)

2006 / 90 Minutes / Color / Standard Def / Directed by David Steiner and Jeremy Kagan


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