Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Indecent

From 1,163 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

Vineyard Theatre's critically acclaimed production of playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman's play about a controversial Yiddish show transfers to Broadway. More…

'Indecent' is based on the real-life events surrounding the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's 'The God of Vengeance,' considered to be a seminal work of Jewish culture by some, and a piece of traitorous libel by others. Peppered with popular songs of the era, this play charts the history of that incendiary work, the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it, and the evolving identity of the culturally rich community that inspired its creation.

1h 40m | Already closed | Cort Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1163)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
87
Avg Score

95
Profound, Great staging, Relevant, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You want to see a show that is cleverly and beautifully staged. It does the near impossible-inform without preaching, teach w/out lecturing.

Don't see it if If you are anti Semitic or don't have a love for art. This play, I believe, grasps the pure essence of the struggles some artists endure.

91
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to enjoy a multi-talented cast in a well-written play with innovative staging deliver some important messages.

Don't see it if you want a big stage production where everything is another happiness.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a contemporary view of the past, that shows how issues, such as prejudice & censorship are still with us.

Don't see it if You want to see current issues dealt w/more directly. You're uncomfortable w/Jewish and/or lesbian themes depicted on stage.

78
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Its about art and free thinking, and its being taken away.

Don't see it if At time the story is slow, and one over the scenes.

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You love historical dramas, especially those that focus on religion, theatre, and artistic censorship during the World War II era.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Jewish history or prefer plays set in a more modern era.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if You want to be touched at the lives of a theater company who played across Europe and the US, their back-stories, and their tragic end.

Don't see it if You'd be saddened at the end of the story, you don't want to see two women fall in deep love with each other and kiss in the rain.

79
Beautifully staged, Unexpectedly funny, Lovely performances, Some touching moments

See it if You love plays with historical truth, fine ensemble work from talented cast, creative staging, thoughtful direction. Much is special. But...

Don't see it if No interest in story of obscure play, gay themes, antisemitism. It's intelligent, theater but repetitive/overly earnest. No story arc here.

Also In talking about this show a few weeks later with a friend, she helped... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like highly intelligent entertainment. Paula Vogel on Broadway, yea!!!

Don't see it if You're looking to give your brain a rest.

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you’re dutifully set on a play from a Pulitzer winner w/ a message of acceptance, religious/artistic freedom. Maybe bring your older kids.

Don't see it if you expect to be moved, thrilled, or inspired to take action for social equality and fairness.

Also Indecent is competently performed but there are no surprises here. It’... Read more Read less

89
Enchanting, highly choreographed and stylized

See it if a Yiddish play with lesbian romance followed around the world for 50 years. Atmospheric Klezmer music and dance. Tom Nelis is outstanding

Don't see it if Asch and Schildkraut could have been the conscience of the 20th century. So much to think about here. Highly theatrical, too

Also The title projections were illegible much of the time

94
Enchanting, Heartbreaking, Great staging

See it if you appreciate seeing the absolute essence of theater. This a show about a show and about the extraordinary people behind that show.

Don't see it if you need a happy ending, have a problem with actors playing multiple roles or can't handle laughing through tears.

Also I have seldom seen a show staged so beautifully. The stage pictures wi... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if A very original concept. An engaging cast. A story I was unaware of. Good writing. Entertaining.

Don't see it if Confusing at times.

95
Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you enjoy political theater that touches on history and how we let it repeat itself. Terrific writing, great cast and direction. Must see.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays with a message

85
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the jewish culture or in the history of a play which challenged the political repression of alternate lifesyles.

Don't see it if you would be offended by lesbian scenes, the reference to whores and a whore house, or a disrespect of religious objects and believes.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You care about the discussion of art versus politics.

Don't see it if you prefer politically correct theater.

Also Great direction and story. Ending seemed to drag on.

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if culture of the Yiddish community - its vibrant theater & music; issue of censorship by those with a narrow view of whom we can love

Don't see it if subtitles, play within a play (some acts are repeated); 105 min. without intermission; actors in several roles; sometimes confusing

Also The beginning is a little more cerebral than emotional - a lot of info... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you get the chance. It's a beautifully told story of a little-known episode in theater history.

Don't see it if it doesn't tour. It's an affecting, relevant work, so I very much hope it does.

89
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see how great a total theater experience can be when expertly put together and executed.

Don't see it if you are looking for light fluff.

78
Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if you're interested in seeing a show that is more relevant now than ever to the arts and our political climate. Intense, thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a heavy play that requires you to think or if you're not interested in a rarely mentioned historical story.

81
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a show in a show, theatre history, censorship, and a real-life drama that spans generations

Don't see it if You want a comedy or easy escape; dislike reading subtitles

89
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Illuminating, Frustrating at times (due to blocked projections)

See it if you want to experience a masterful, smart, and informative play by Paula Vogel that moves at a quick clip and keeps you engaged throughout.

Don't see it if not embracing of homosexuality and eroticism in art; you get a balcony seat, which will block some projected English/Yiddish translations.

Also I'm quite glad I managed to see Paula Vogel's Indecent before it's Aug... Read more Read less

88
Edgy, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want a poignant view into how Jews have been treated. Reminiscent of Fiddler on the Roof and It's A Beautiful Life

Don't see it if you don't care for gay/lesbian interactions or you want to see a funny show.

100
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Resonant

See it if you appreciate performance/history of Yiddish theatre/socialist ideas in Europe/America from 1907-1952, challenging stereotypes Jews/women

Don't see it if you hold rigid traditional attitudes about religion and sin, closed to modern viewpoints, or cannot tolerate defiant, explicit sexuality

98
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an fascinating play with a captivating story plot.

Don't see it if You have a problem with same-gender relationships, this is not your play

88
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the history of Yiddish theater within the context of a very forward thinking playwright, Sholem Asch.

Don't see it if You want to see something uplifting and light. There is much to think about after experiencing this play.

Also Just a beautiful and heartfelt play.


April 18th, 2017
"'Indecent' arrives on Broadway as one of the season’s most respectable—and respectful—plays...It is virtuous, sturdily assembled, informative and brimming with good faith...Yet the ardor that must have informed the writing and early performances of 'Vengeance' only occasionally blazes forth in '...
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April 18th, 2017
"I was deeply moved by the play when it was at the Vineyard Theatre last year. On Broadway, with the same wonderful ensemble cast, it fills a much larger space without losing its essential intimacy. The script is Vogel’s, the staging Taichman’s, but the two are so lovingly intertwined as to be al...
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April 18th, 2017
"I already found 'Indecent' more worthy than fine when I saw it last year. But a second viewing of the play, now pumped up and retuned, only makes its problems more obvious. Happily, its good qualities are enhanced as well...Vogel has done little to trim the tired jokes or rethink the scene-setti...
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April 18th, 2017
"Not to say the characters or predicaments seem in any way generic. 'Indecent' is a play with music, and the production nods to Yiddish and epic theater, using deliberately self-conscious staging and direct calls to our social and moral conscience...'Indecent’s' excellent ensemble also convey an ...
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