Night & Day

August 27 - September 2, 1998

September 2
Since the year began, festivals, concerts, and celebrations have been recognizing the 50th anniversary of the founding of Israel. Now there's a musical. Actually, the musical-comedy Milk and Honey wasn't written for the occasion. When it debuted in 1961, Israel was still an adolescent, but the show's staging at Royal Palm Dinner Theatre (303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton) couldn't come at a more appropriate time. The story focuses on Phil, an older Jewish man who's left his wife and lives on an American kibbutz in Israel with his daughter and son-in-law. Phil falls for a younger woman, one of six eligible American ladies touring Israel on a husband hunt. Poor Phil's wife, however, won't give him a divorce. These days such a situation wouldn't be a problem, but an affair would have been scandalous in the early '60s. So in that context, handholding suffices for consummation, and the play ends with Phil still seeking divorce. Milk and Honey runs through November 29. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets cost $36 to $49. Call 800-841-6765. See "Stage" listings for complete schedule.

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