Indecent
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Indecent NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(1164 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
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Negative
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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.

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
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.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
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.

594 Reviews | 223 Followers
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.

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
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.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
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.

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
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. Read more

430 Reviews | 114 Followers
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 Read more

Critic Reviews (101)

The New York Times
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 'Indecent'...For all its resourceful stagecraft, 'Indecent' can be deflatingly earnest in its dialogue and timeline exposition...There is little room for the subversive pull of conflicting subtext."
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Time Out New York
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 almost inseparable...Rich in sympathy and humor...An elegant tribute to things that vanish in the blink of a historical eye, 'Indecent' is a memorial that feels like a blessing."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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-setting shortcuts that suggest her lack of interest in the subtleties of real behavior...Vogel has never been a practitioner or exponent of naturalism...That style may simply not suit a history play."
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Entertainment Weekly
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 exuberance and a sense of purpose, reminding us that art can motivate, agitate and uplift. In our own troubled century, there’s at least some encouragement to be found there."
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Variety
April 18th, 2017

"A riveting backstage drama...Thanks to Taichman’s impressionistic direction and David Dorfman’s stylized choreography, a troupe of long-slumbering Yiddish actors rise from the ashes and stiffly come to life to play their parts in this drama...We already know the outcome of their professional arguments. But such is the tension of the production, you want to stand up and warn this brave little troupe to catch that ship before it sails."
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Deadline
April 18th, 2017

"Make haste for the Cort Theatre simply to share the astonishing power of this new play with music about a delicious ancient Broadway scandal that pulses through the decades to our own time...In addition to the music, 'Indecent' is moved swiftly by David Dorfman’s limpid choreography in concert with Taichman’s sensitive direction...It isn’t understating to call this fantastic play a work of all-encompassing art...It’s an exhilarating ride you’ll never forget."
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Chicago Tribune
April 18th, 2017

"A highly skilled, clearly personal and deftly structured piece...You can feel the historical force and weight of Vogel's play, which likely will be a future staple of regional theater...Authentically acted by an egalitarian ensemble and staged with hefty symbolic gravitas and surety by Taichman...Vogel's connection to this play and what it did for her as a young artist is at the core of why 'Indecent' deserves this production and the support it surely will need from the audience."
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New York Daily News
April 18th, 2017

"A heart-stirring and haunting play...Vogel and Taichman tell the story in vibrantly theatrical fashion. The ace ensemble breathes life into more than three dozen characters, with an array of accents to match...'Indecent' covers a lot of territory in 100 unbroken minutes—subjects and themes include sex, religion, money, hypocrisy, plus the decline of the Yiddish language. It can be a bit diffuse. Still, the images are indelible...Be prepared for precipitation to fall from your own eyes."
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