All the World’s a Stage Fright: Misadventures of a Clandestine Critic award

Cleveland Jewish News arts and entertainment critic Bob Abelman will discuss his novella, “All the World’s a Stage Fright: Misadventures of a Clandestine Critic,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14 as part of the Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio’s Jewish Author Speaker Series.

The event will be live and virtual. To register for the free event, visit

Abelman’s book was published by the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company and Gray & Company Publishers in Cleveland in fall 2020.

The 128-page book is a fast piece of fiction about a theater critic named Asher Kaufman who takes an acting role with a top-tier theater company in order to write about the experience. He gets more of a story than he bargained for because the play will be “As You Like It” and Asher is – as many people are – intimidated by Shakespeare’s plays.

Asher has a mind-numbing fear of Shakespeare. To add to his anxiety, he will be sharing the stage with classically trained actors he has panned in the past and will be performing in front of fellow critics who will take great delight in his likely demise. The fictional memoir will entertain theater fans who have wondered what might be going on backstage during a performance – or in the mind of a theater critic. The book is set in Cleveland, the second largest downtown theater district in the nation after New York City.

The book is available for $14.95 at

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