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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.