Archive for the 'Plays' Category

Young Chekhovathon for Chekhovaphiles (of all ages)

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Young Chekhovathon for Chekhovaphiles (of all ages) by Paul Levy on the Plain English website on August 4, 2016.

James McArdle as Platonov and Nina Sosanya as Anna Petrovna in PLATONOV by  Anton Chekhov. Director – Jonathan Kent, Designer – Tom Pye, Lighting – Mark Henderson, Music – Jonathan Dove, Sound – Paul Groothuis, The National Theatre, London, UK, 2016, Credit – Johan Persson – www.perssonphotography.com /

For Paula Vogel, a Once-Banned ‘Beautiful’ Love Story Inspires Her New Play

Friday, May 6th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: For Paula Vogel, a Once-Banned ‘Beautiful’ Love Story Inspires Her New Play By Laura Collinss Hughes in The New York Times on May 5, 2016.

Rebecca Taichman, left, and Paula Vogel at the Vineyard Theater. CreditBenjamin Norman for The New York Times

How to Succeed on Broadway!

Monday, April 25th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: How to Succeed on Broadway! Why is Arthur Miller one of the most lauded American playwrights—and one of the most vilified? By Alisa Solomon in The Nation on April 20, 2016.

Click Here to Read:  “Attention Must Be Paid”: Death of a Salesman’s Counter-Adapted Yiddish Homecoming by
Debra Caplan. (more…)

William Shakespeare’s Birthday: April 23rd, 1564

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: How Shakespeare Lives Now by Stephen Greenblatt in The New York Review of Books Issue on April 21, 2016 Issue.

Click Here to Read: Freud on Shakespeare: A Approach to Psychopathic Chararcters by by Chin-Jung Chis in the Chang Gung Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 5:1 (April 2012), 33-56.

Click Here to Read: Psychology Sunday: William Shakespeare on this website

Click Here to Read:  Writer’s Wednesday:  William Shakespeare on this website. (more…)

Back With ‘Vengeance’: ‘Indecent’ Examines a Lost History

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Back With ‘Vengeance’: ‘Indecent’ Examines a Lost History: Sholem Asch’s contested Yiddish classic is grist for Vogel and Taichman’s meditative new play-within-a-play by Frank Rizzo on the American Theatre website on April 19, 2016.

Marx, Freud, Hitler, Mandela, Greer… Shakespeare influenced them all

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Marx, Freud, Hitler, Mandela, Greer… Shakespeare influenced them all on The Conversation website on April 18, 2016.

Even if you’ve never read or seen any of Shakespeare’s works, his influence has touched your life. Photo credits, clockwise from top: Kevin Lamarque, public domain, public domain, public domain, public domain, Mike Tsikas, 20th Century Fox, Mike Hutchings

How Shakespeare Lives Now

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: How Shakespeare Lives Now by Stephen Greenblatt in The New York Review of Books in the Aprl 21, 2016 Issue.

John Martin: Macbeth, circa 1820

“Attention Must Be Paid”: Death of a Salesman’s Counter-Adapted Yiddish Homecoming

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  “Attention Must Be Paid”: Death of a Salesman’s Counter-Adapted Yiddish Homecoming by
Debra Caplan.

The Vilna Troupe Comes to the US

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

THE VILNA TROUPE COMES TO THE U.S:. Post by Steven Lasky on the Museum of Yiddish Theatre page on Faceboook.el-vilnatroupe
World War I had begun and the battles raged on between the German and Russian armies. This took a great toll on the citizens that stood between them, especially the Jews. Territory changed hands more than once, especially in such areas as Northeast Poland and Lithuania. Jews in various locations such as Kovno were forced by the Russians to move to other towns or cities such as Vilnius. After a year of fighting, the German army finally broke through the Russian lines and Vilnius was captured.

courtesy of www.eilatgordinlevitan.com
One day, two young actors named Alexander Asro (Azro) and Jacob Sherman approached Kovno native Leib (more…)

When Yiddish theater gave Broadway a run for its gelt

Friday, March 11th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: When Yiddish theater gave Broadway a run for its gelt on by Cathryn J. Prince on the Times of Israel Website on March 11, 2016.

‘New York’s Yiddish Theater’ Explores a Fractious Heritage of Melodrama and Musicals

Friday, March 11th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: ‘New York’s Yiddish Theater’ Explores a Fractious Heritage of Melodrama and Musicals By Joseph Berger in The New York Times on March 10, 2016.

An exhibit devoted to Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye stories and to “Fiddler on the Roof,’’ the musical they inspired.
JAKE NAUGHTON FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

‘The Secret Garden,’ a Concert Revival in Which Sadness Morphs Into Joy

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Review: ‘The Secret Garden,’ a Concert Revival in Which Sadness Morphs Into Joy By Stephen Holden in The New York Times on February 22, 2016

Daisy Eagan as Martha, the chambermaid, and Sydney Lucas as Mary in “The Secret Garden.” Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Time

Shame and Guilt Drives Several New Productions, Which Is Good for Us

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Shame and Guilt Drives Several New Productions, Which Is Good for Us by Ben Brantley in the New York Times on February 18, 2016.
Forest Whitaker in the play “Hughie.”  SARA KRULWICH / THE NEW YORK TIMES

“This Is What Researchers Dream about Finding”: a Fragment about “The Dybbuk”

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: “This Is What Researchers Dream about Finding”: a Fragment about “The Dybbuk” on the YIVO Vilna Collections website on February 10, 2016.

Fragment of manuscript by Michal Weichert in the YIVO materials at the Lithuanian Central
State Archives

Sheldon Harnick Raises the Curtain on ‘Fiddler’ Memories

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Sheldon Harnick Raises the Curtain on ‘Fiddler’ Memories by Masha Leon on the Forward website on January 5, 2016.

‘Fiddler’ lyricist Sheldon Harnick, R, weighed in in on the latest production. With him in this photo is composer Jerry Bock, L, and The Forward’s Masha Leon.

Yoshe Kalb by I.J. Singer

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

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The Museum of the Yiddish Theatre in association with the Museum of Family History’s Education and Research Centre presentsYiddish theatre 101: the play in history: Maurice Schwartz’s Yiddish Art Theatre Production of YOSHE KALB, by I. J. Singer

New Yiddish Rep to Stage ‘GODOT’ & LAND OF FIRE

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: New Yiddish Rep to Stage ‘GODOT’ & LAND OF FIRE at Theater for the New City on the Broadway World.com website on November 23, 2015.

Scenes From Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Scenes From Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story: A staged reading benefits the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing to homeless LGBT youth in New York City on the curve website on November 15, 2015.

Avi Hoffman and Suzanne Toren on ‘Death of a Salesman’ and Yiddish

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Avi Hoffman and Suzanne Toren on ‘Death of a Salesman’ and Yiddish by Laura Collins-Highes in The New York Times on November 10, 2015.

Avi Hoffman and Suzanne Toren, who star in the New Yiddish Rep’s production of “Death of a Salesman.”
IAN DOUGLAS FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES (more…)

Yiddish Breathes New Life Into ‘Death of a Salesman’

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Yiddish Breathes New Life Into ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Ezra Glinter on the Forward Website on October 16, 2015

Click Here to Read: ‘DEATH OF A SALESMAN’ IS AMERICAN, NOT YIDDISH: The New Yiddish Rep’s admirable production of the Arthur Miller classic shows how lucky we are the playwright left his Jewish heritage behind By David Mikics on the Tablet Website on October 16, 2015.