Dramaworks picks play
Palm Beach Dramaworks has selected Tony Finstrom's romantic comedy Knish Alley! as its Best New Play of 2006. Finstrom will receive a $500 prize for the play, which was selected from among 34 entries. The play will be read at 7 p.m. Monday at the theater, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For information, call 514-4042. Described in promotional materials as "a fond look back at the theatrical acting legends of the day — the Adlers, the Thomashevskys and the Kesslers" — the play follows a troupe of Yiddish actors in the early 20th century as they work menial jobs by day and perform operettas at night aboard a luxury liner bound for New York. Finstrom, who lives in Fort Lauderdale and New York, has worked for numerous theater companies, including the Circle Repertory Company in New York, Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, and Brian C. Smith's Off Broadway Theatre and the Public Theatre of South Florida in Fort Lauderdale. His play, As Fate Would Have It, or the Famous Tragic History of Lady Jane Grey, was nominated for a Carbonell award in 2001 as best new play of the season.