Lansky, The True Story of the Brains Behind the Mob is the American premiere of a new play about Meyer Lansky, the infamous ganster and gambler and complicated man who masterminded some of the most ingenious wealth managenent systems for his gangland brethren. And, like so many ambitious first generation Americans had to wonder if his ill-gotten gains were going to send him to hell or up the river. The play also deals with Lansky's little-known efforts to become an Israeli citizen and uses his life story as a crucible to explore Jewish identity and the choices first-generation Americans made in order to achieve wealth and success.
This tour-de-force stars the legendary American and Israeli star Mike Burstyn who was recently seen in New York in On 2nd Avenue, for which he received his second Drama Desk nomination. Mr. Burstyn has been acclaimed on and off Broadway in Barnum, Jolson, and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and is the recipient of 3 Israeli "Oscars."
The play is directed by Joseph Bologna who is best known for his classic comedies such as Made For Each Other and Lovers & Other Strangers written with his wife, Renee Taylor (Mom on TV's "The Nanny")
90 minutes, with no intermission