Nancy Sidewater
November 21, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

It’s 1973, the Yom Kippur War, and Prime Minister Golda Meir is pacing and smoking and barking commands. William Gibson’s one-woman play is as much a history lesson as it is a look back at one of the most powerful voices in the Middle East. Her tale of growing up in Milwaukee and moving to Palestine, where she played a key role in the birthing of Israel, isn’t always easy to follow. But Tovah Feldshuh’s performance is so riveting we forget she is merely an actress; she’s teacher, prophet, and Jewish mother rolled into one. The view from Golda’s balcony isn’t perfect, but it’s well worth taking in.

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