Interview – CBC Bold — Mar. 5, 2011

I was featured in a documentary on The Bold channel, a CBC specialty network, in March 2011. The show is called Creative Block, which features profiles of artists across the country.

Montreal Fringe Festival -- June 14-24, 2012

Halifax Fringe Festival -- Sept. 2-12, 2010

Show: Jewish Girls Don’t Kayak

Venue: (click below for map)

Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen Street


Thu Sept. 2 @6 p.m.
Fri Sept. 3 @8 p.m.
Sat Sept. 4 @3 and  7:20 p.m.
Sun Sept. 5 @ 9:10 p.m.
Mon Sept. 6 @ 2:50 and 6:10 p.m.
Sat Sept. 11 @ 5:20 p.m.
Sun Sept. 12 @3:40 and 7 p.m.

Tickets: $10, available at the door.

Ottawa -- May 20, 2010

Show: Jewish Girls Don’t Kayak

Venue: Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Avenue (at Preston St.) , Ottawa

Time: 8 p.m.

Tickets: $25 + GST ($26.25), available at or by calling (613) 233-2453 (GLAD)

Interview - CBC Radio (Ottawa) -- Feb. 6, 2010

audio availableClick here to listen! Saturday morning, Feb. 6 on CBC Radio One (91.5 FM), Michael Bharwaj of Ottawa’s In Town and Out interviewed me about my play.

The Beat Review

Reviwed by Renee Silberman, October 7, 2009


Dateline New York – London’s own versatile writer/actor Robyn Israel, hit the boards Big-Apple style, Off-Off-Broadway last night with her prize-winning, one-woman show, Jewish Girls Don’t Kayak and we are basking in the glory of her achievement.

Poignant insight interwoven with quicksilver wit lit up Israel’s audience, as the tale of self-discovery unfolded. New Yorkers readily identified with the shtick, an outpouring of yearning and insight familiar to anyone capable of finding the humour in life’s complexities.

Israel made an easy transition from the familiar setting of a London stage to the ambitious New York theatre scene. Her poise never abandoned her as she vindicated her belief that her play was suited to the world “out there.” The subjects Israel touched on resonated with the audience, both those who knew the Jewish quarter of Montreal, and those whose frames of reference did not include anything of the Canadian background of the play. In post-play conversation, Israel elaborated on her life and theatrical experiences and was especially amusing on the topic of crossing the Canadian-U.S. border where the authorities were not charmed by the universality of dramatic experience.

Stage Left Studio, ‘The most beautiful little theatre in NYC,’ is the brainchild of Cheryl King, a producer, director and performer who brings experimental works into her clever, intimate setting. As a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, she is well-placed to bring performers new to the New York scene to the attention of an ever-hungry stage-loving public. King presented Jewish Girls Don’t Kayak in The Women at Work Festival. This showcase performance afforded Israel a great moment Off-Off-Broadway. She has every justification to feel stage struck, and we who follow her career have every reason to feel star-struck!


St. Marys Storytelling

It’s been awhile since my last blog, so my apologies to anyone who’s been reading.

But  I felt compelled to write about my recent experience performing in St. Marys.  My show, “Jewish Girls Don’t Kayak,” was presented as part of the city’s storytelling series, and I was overwhelmed by the response. There were about 100 people in attendance, most locals, some from Stratford and the Kitchener-Waterloo area, others as far as Kincardine. It was truly a lovely, supportive audience who stayed glued to their seats throughout the 90-minute performance. Most were not Jewish, and a theatre-goer friend of mine commented that it’s an interesting phenomenon, how non-Jewish audiences are often more responsive to Jewish stories than Jewish audiences. Go figure!

After the show there was a reception at the United Church, the site of the performance. The repast included bagels and challah, and I included a display tray with food that’s mentioned in my show (knishes, hamantashen, latkas etc.). One woman came up to me and told me that she was inspired to start Internet dating as a result of seeing my story. I wish her the best of luck! To me that’s what makes putting my story out there worthwhile.

Next up: Ottawa!

Ottawa -- Feb. 6, 2010

Show: Jewish Girls Don’t Kayak

Venue (click below for map):

Soloway Jewish Community Centre
21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt
Ottawa, Ontario

Time: 8 p.m.

Tickets: $10, $15 non-members

St. Marys - Jan. 10, 2010

Show: Jewish Girls Don’t Kayak, presented by the St. Marys Storytelling Series

St. Marys United Church

85 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario

Date: Jan. 10, 2010

Hamilton - Oct. 17, 2009

Show: Jewish Girls Don’t Kayak


Staircase Cafe Theater
27 Dundurn Street North

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors (65+)

Call: (905) 529-3000

Email: click here