"God of Vengeance"
(Today at 2:00 and 7:00) (Mar. 14-26) — Back by popular demand, The New York Times 2016 Critics' Pick "God of Vengeance," presented in the original Yiddish with English supertitle, sreturns for 14 performances. After a sold-out run at La Mama in the East Village in December and January, New Yiddish Rep restages its hit production of Sholen Ash's masterwork in the Theater District under the direction of Fringe Festival founder Aaron Beall.
Considered one of the most psychologically revealing plays of the first half of the 20th century, and still highly explosive for its conflicted view of Judaism, "God of Vengeance" is frequently translated and adapted and is the basis of Paula Vogel's "Indecent," which enjoyed a critically acclaimed extended run last spring. ("Indecent" begins a Broadway run April 4.)
"God of Vengeance" (Got fun nekome) tells the wrenching story of a brothel owner's attempt to marry off his daughter to lead a dignified religious life, only to have her drawn back into the life of sin in which she grew up. The show is credited with presenting the first lesbian kiss on Broadway in 1923 at the Apollo Theater on West 42nd St.
NYRs production features several veterans of the Yiddish underground theater scene: Shane Baker in the role of the brothel owner Yekel; David Mandelbaum as marriage broker Reb Ali; and the noted Yiddish theater scholar and actress Caraid O’Brien, who replaces Eleanor Reissa as the brothel owner’s wife, Sarah. Yiddish theater newcomer Shayna Schmidt, as the sexually curious Rifkele, played “with lovely sensitivity” according to Charles Isherwood of the NY Times. The production’s unusually diverse cast also features three former Hasids (in their professional stage debuts) — Luzer Twersky, Melissa Weisz and Eli Rosen.
March 14 - March 17 at 7 PM
March 19 at 2 PM and 7 PM
March 21 - March 24 at 7 PM
March 25 and March 26 at 2 PM and 7 PM
"A timely revival...The play is remarkable...Beautifully played...The cast's commitment brings the work's flashes of lyricism to powerful life." — Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"Astonishing revival...No less provocative almost a century later...The entire cast is superb...Engrossing to watch...The story, timeless themes, and searing sense of drama transcend language...The audience will truly be left speechless." — Jed Ryan, The Huffington Post