Stephanie Liss' pair of one-acts explores the timeworn Israeli/Palestinian conflict through the experience of three women. "Daughter of My People" surveys the life of Zionist leader Henrietta Szold, who co-founded Hadassah and helped save the lives of Jewish children during World War II. It's a slightly overwritten monologue gleaned from biographical material, blended with moral and philosophical musings, not all of which are of interest. But the piece soars on the splendid performance of Salome Jens, who imbues Szold with beguiling emotional resonance, infectious optimism and the muted yet palpable sadness of loss. In "Jihad," Liss vividly sketches the emotional and political pyrotechnics of the Arab/Israeli clash. Shula (Lisa Richards) an orthodox Jew, and Reim (Abbe Rowlins), a committed Palestinian jihadist, confront each other after losing both of their daughters in a suicide bombing. Liss takes no sides in this ugly tale but passionately explores both the contrasts between and the shared humanity of both mothers, and the losses that will scar them forever. L. Flint Esquerra directs both pieces, drawing outstanding performances from this cast. Met Theater, 1089 N. Oxford Ave. Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m.; through March 4. (800) 838-3006.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Feb. 17. Continues through March 4, 2012