When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22 2017
Mitch Albom enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the sports-journalism world, going from recent college grad to feature writer to lead sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press. But sportswriter was not his original dream. As a young man in college, his dream had been to be a jazz pianist. The distance between the two professions loomed large when he happened to see his former college mentor Morrie Schwartz on TV one night. Reminded of his first dream, and his close relationship with Morrie, Mitch decides to pay the old man a visit. Morrie's dying, and Mitch wants to say goodbye. But Morrie is not interested in goodbye; Morrie wants to live happily and productively until death takes him, and then he’ll leave fulfilled and happy. Before he knows it, Mitch falls back into his old relationship with Morrie, flying cross-country every Tuesday to learn at his master’s knee. The play Tuesdays with Morrie, by Jeffrey Hatcher and the real-life Mitch Albom, is based on these meetings, which reminded Mitch what it means to live a full life. Tuesdays with Morrie opens the New Jewish Theatre’s new season. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 5 to 22) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive; www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $41 to $44.