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Indecent

Members say: Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting
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42 reviews
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Vineyard Theatre's critically acclaimed production of playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman play with about a controversial Yiddish show transfers to Broadway.... Read 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 deeply moving 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.

 
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Reviews (165)

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86
Avg Score

85
The New York Times

for a previous production "Superbly realized production...Thanks in no small measure to Ms. Taichman’s sensitive direction and the forceful performances of its cast 'Indecent' sheds an eye-opening light on a little-known time...The fluent choreography also contributes to the almost cinematic flow...Ms. Vogel’s script is not entirely free of necessary but still blunt expositional passages, or the occasional polemical touch...'Indecent' becomes diffuse as Ms. Vogel’s plot grows more complicated." Full Review

80
Variety

for a previous production "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...This is not a linear production...But from time to time the audience can’t help but apply its own knowledge to scenes...We already know the outcome of their professional arguments. But such is the tension of the production." Full Review

95
Time Out New York

for a previous production "'Indecent' has the scope of an epic but the intimacy of a chamber piece. The excellent actors play dozens of characters, changing locations and accents but always sharing the same darkling world. As it celebrates and illustrates the power of theater, 'Indecent' sits shiva for its Yiddish branch. It is an elegant and open-hearted tribute to a murdered world of culture: Asch to ashes, audiences to dust." Full Review

85
New York Post

for a previous production "'Indecent' tells the amazing tale of how a lesbian kiss shut down a 1923 Broadway show. Vogel, director Rebecca Taichman and their cast bring the saga of 'God of Vengeance' to life, from its Broadway defeat to secret productions in WWII ghettos. But 'Indecent' is more than a play about forbidden love: It’s about theater as a life force." Full Review

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Theatermania

for a previous production "Moore, Mimi Lieber, Tom Nelis, and Rattazzi contribute to 'Indecent's' large roster of characters, each taking on six or seven roles...but as scenes shift quickly through time and place it's often difficult to tell who is who. That hurdle, combined with the directorial choices around those moments, mitigate 'Indecent's' raw power...Nevertheless, 'Indecent' ranks as a must-see for anyone who cares about the important legacy of Yiddish theater, or of theater in general." Full Review

95
The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production "A tender, unconventional tribute...Those supertitles and self-conscious theatricality suggest Brecht, the figure of the stage manager conjures Thornton Wilder. That Vogel and Taichman have managed to mingle the styles of both of these writers, with the comedy and searching moral questioning testifies to the originality and vibrancy of their approach....There’s an unassuming gentleness throughout and immense poignancy." Full Review

65
The Hollywood Reporter

for a previous production "A gripping if more than a little pretentious theatrical history lesson...It's a fascinating theatrical tale, but 'Indecent' doesn't have the impact it should due to the diffuse manner in which the story is presented. The co-creators attempt to cover so much ground that the focus inevitably gets lost...But for all its stylistic excesses, 'Indecent' exerts an undeniable power, certainly more so than the scenes from Asch's work, which today seem hopelessly melodramatic." Full Review

90
DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production "A fascinating history lesson written by Vogel and a cleverly staged entertainment directed by Taichman...Vogel is unafraid to complicate the story of 'The God of Vengeance,' both by presenting Asch sometimes unsympathetically and by crowding the play with incident. It is not easy to keep track of all the characters who fly by...'Indecent' helps us see the power and beauty of art not just by its subject but by its example." Full Review

80
Lighting & Sound America

for a previous production “Under Taichman's direction, the production has a distinctly Brechtian tinge, thanks to its often presentational style...But the real issue with ‘Indecent’ - a vast historical canvas on which many of the details are smudged - is that it probably requires a longer and more elaborate approach to accommodate so many people and events. The result is more scattered and less gripping than one imagines Vogel intends. Still, it has its moments of real power.” Full Review

85
Cultural Weekly

for a previous production "Vogel’s 'Indecent' is a combination theater history lesson and searing docudrama...Not for the easygoing theatergoer who just wants to sit back and be entertained...Vogel uses this daring play’s trajectory to create a history of Jewish and gay struggles in the first half of the 20th century...In addition to Topol, the six actors and three musicians create a kind of fascinating cultural cabaret." Full Review

90
Front Row Center

for a previous production "An immaculate production...Within the first few second of the play you find yourself relaxing and remembering, 'this is why I go to the theatre.'…In creating the story within the story Taichman and Vogel use technical touches that at first seem clumsy but turn out to be little gems…This is a compelling piece of theatre that does more than tell a story. It offers its heart on its sleeve and asks for a piece of yours...Brava." Full Review

90
The Clyde Fitch Report

for a previous production "'Indecent' is utterly and endlessly moving…The result is a throbbing, beautiful pageant with quickly shifting scenes and the more-than-occasional musical interlude through which the entire ensemble moves adroitly into Dorfman’s joyfully solemn and solemnly joyful dance patterns…With the actors and sometimes the musicians assuming several roles each, each section is equally and unflinchingly potent." Full Review

85
Broadway Blog

for a previous production "Taichman...is responsible for the beautifully evocative staging, which uses Brechtian tropes to capture the theatrical ambiance and Yiddishkeit surrounding Asch’s European and American worlds...‘Indecent’ can be deeply moving, especially at moments such as when the actors allow ashes to drop from their sleeves, reinforced at the end by an 'ashes to ashes' supertitle. Still, when ‘Indecent’ reaches forward to include hot-button material like the six million, it spreads its net too wide." Full Review

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AM New York

for a previous production “'Indecent' may be too sprawling for its own good, with six of the seven actors playing multiple roles, quick shifts in time and place and a heavy reliance on captions for expository information...Even so, the play is quite moving and visually striking. Director Rebecca Taichman stages it in an openly theatrical manner, with the ensemble always in full view and three traveling Klezmer musicians. She also imbues it with a ghostly, tragic tone." Full Review

85
New York Daily News

for a previous production "This potent and poetic collaboration between Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman delivers style and substance...'Indecent' begins with an indelible image. Actors stand in a row, arms at their sides. Then sand spills from their sleeves. It’s as if they’re dissolving. A fitting and haunting image for a work about the power of art that sifts through history." Full Review

85
New York Magazine / Vulture

for a previous production "Vogel brings her usual digressive theatricality to the tale, which is partly historical and partly invented. The vagaries of Broadway production no less than the fate of European Jewry are brought into the mix, sometimes awkwardly. But the director Rebecca Taichman stages it so richly you hardly notice the threadbare patches...'Indecent' is a valuable reminder of a time when the theater and its great artists were on the dangerous leading edge of our humanity." Full Review

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Deadline

for a previous production "A fantastic work of imagination, craft and history, seamlessly interweaving a forgotten play — and the tragic history of that forgotten play — into a spellbinding evening…In addition to the music, 'Indecent' is moved swiftly by David Dorfman’s limpid choreography in concert with Taichman’s sensitive direction…The play holds together and grows in power across the decades…It’s an exhilarating ride." Full Review

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CurtainUp

for a previous production "It's an interesting story that's been ingeniously crafted by playwright Vogel and director Taichman from historic events...Though it's tempting to single out Verson and Lenk and Topol as the cast's standouts, there isn't a weak link in the rest of this cast. The same is true of the characters, all of whom are consistently interesting...This production completes 'Indecent's' triple producing collaboration. Hopefully, the already sold-out run will extend and then see the play continue its life." Full Review

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Newsday

for a previous production "'Indecent' is also a singular achievement on its own. It is an intimate, 100-minute chamber-sized show, not a Broadway extravaganza...It is also graced with seven extraordinary actors who portray many different people...Taichman takes us all over the world on a plain, raised stage powerfully transformed. For all the darkness of the subject, the staging is witty. The historical perspective is vast and knowing. And the lost story of gay love is profound." Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

for a previous production “A compelling story about the power of innovation and the equally powerful effect of detachment and disinheriting oneself from the innovative process...Rebecca Taichman directs ‘Indecent’ with a sensitive precision. Dorfman’s choreography is fluid with stunning lines and fresh contemporary movement...A compelling piece of theatre that raises deep, enduring questions about the future of a society that refuses to accept differences.” Full Review

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NorthJersey.com

for a previous production "Unfortunately for Vogel's dramatic purposes, Asch had nothing to do with taming the love story for Broadway, and apparently didn't much care...What transforms the evening from a fast-moving gloss on a long-ago theater incident into a vibrant, seamless experience is the sweep and flavor of the production, which, performed on a bare stage, blends dramatization, song and dance with impeccable theatricality." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

for a previous production "May just be Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paula Vogel’s best play...To say that the play, performed without intermission, is riveting is beside the point. Not only is the play an epitaph for the Yiddish stage it also reinvents the art of theater...It is ultimately an extremely moving document of human achievement, betrayal, and destruction. Cheers to Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman and their superb ensemble cast for this memorable theatrical evening." Full Review

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The Wrap

for a previous production "Under Rebecca Taichman’s dazzling direction, much humor is exposed, especially with the repeated hurling of that Torah. Also, Vogel nicely details the personalities within the Yiddish troupe. They’re a seasoned, worldly bunch, and their various reactions to the charges of indecency and anti-Semitism run the gamut. Vogel and Raichman weave a very eclectic score into the fabric of 'Indecent'." Full Review

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Bob's Theater Blog

for a previous production "I fear that the present play attempts to tell too many stories at once...The entire cast is superb: Topol is Lemml, the stage manager. The other actors all play multiple roles and succeed in making us care about characters that are not that fully developed. The production is greatly enhanced by a trio of klezmer musicians and choreography by Dorfman...While there is much to admire in this production, the many elements did not cohere as well as I would have liked." Full Review

90
CitiTour

for a previous production "View the searing intelligence of Vogel’s writing, the stunning visual imagination of Taichman’s direction, and the exemplary work of seven remarkable actors...The unwavering commitment and facility of this acting troupe is a key part of the equation for the production’s success as they fully immerse themselves into each of their multiple roles. Indeed, the human elements of every kind are primarily what turns 'Indecent' into an indelible theatrical experience." Full Review

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87
Avg Score

49
For a previous production
Hard to follow

See it if you like plays that jump around in time and place.

Don't see it if you prefer linear drama.

82
For a previous production
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Beautiful production

See it if like discovering history you didn't know about. It's moving and so well staged. Did this really happen? Seen Off-Bwy. Glad it's moving.

Don't see it if can't handle too much intimacy, or history-based plays.

88
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You saw God of Vengance and/ or You love hearing Yiddish but don't really understand it.

Don't see it if You have no use for freedom of speech .

86
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a well done story, cleverly sketched out with a talented cast. Not what I expected from reviews but liked very much.

Don't see it if it closes before you can get there.

100
For a previous production
Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Profound, Great writing

See it if you want a heartbreaking, soul-expanding masterpiece from one of America's finest playwrights, with every kind of theatre magic

Don't see it if you want a well-behaved play

95
For a previous production
Original, Must see, Profound, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you like great storytelling; you like an ensemble/theatre troupe; you like powerful, moving theatre; you like good theatre

Don't see it if you dislike plays within plays; do not like historical accounts retold on stage; dislike yiddish theatre; you are an, unfeeling monster.

75
For a previous production
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you are interested in Jewish theatrical history. Small cast playing many characters successfully, with cool staging and music.

Don't see it if you want to see a play in just English. Some of this was in Yiddish but with English subtitles.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if u enjoy brilliant theater, reliving events of early 20th cent Yiddish play, Sholem Asch's GOD OF VENGEANCE. Creators deserve all credit.

Don't see it if If you like theater you'll make every effort to go. There's music, movement, brilliant staging adding up to a wonderful experience. A plus.

98
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Must see, Great staging

See it if you want to see the perfect marriage of script and production; one of the most transcendent theatrical experiences I've had...EVER

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason. Go. Even if you end up hating it, you'll be better for having seen it. JUST GO.

90
For a previous production
Original, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Historical, Great staging

See it if You like a multi-layered, intelligent theatrical experience based on fact with music and emotion.

Don't see it if You like only froth, although there is humor in the play.

100
For a previous production
Beautiful, Profound, Heartfelt, Haunting, Spiritual

See it if You want to be moved by the power of theater to elevate the human spirit. You enjoy great acting, beautiful music and transcendent themes.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in people coping with anti-semitism and homophobia.

90
For a previous production
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

See it if Important piece of writing. Ravishing production overall: imaginative direction, powerful performances, evocative set and lighting

Don't see it if Despite the (very minimal) expository nature or at times (justifiably and judiciously) sentimental excess, this is a must-see!

80
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if history of theatre, provocative ideas and the edge of morality are ??? for you when you go to the theatre.

Don't see it if you think its a musical with a happy ending (hint: its NOT)

90
For a previous production
Exquisite, Great writing, Moving, Great staging

See it if You love Paula Vogel or want to see a piece of brilliant and beautiful American Jewish theater. This is a wonderful, rich, moving play.

Don't see it if You are looking for an easy or frivolous night out.

80
For a previous production
Original, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if Are interested in theater history, especially little-known stories and "ethnic" theater. If clever avant grade staging excites you.

Don't see it if You prefer to be emotionally involved vs. "educated" about historical events; if you prefer more standard forms of storytelling.

90
For a previous production
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want to learn about an interesting time in theatrical history.Acting is excellent. Stage is gorgeous.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional show. This ain't Jersey Boys!

100
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Visually stunning, Intelligent script, Smart direction

See it if you want to see perfection in theatre. Great writing, directing, acting, and design come together to create a magical evening of theatre.

Don't see it if Frothy musical comedy is your thing.

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Slow, Great staging

See it if you want to see a beautifully staged and directed historical play with music.

Don't see it if you like fully fleshed out relationships between characters or something that is entirely a musical or entirely a play.

98
For a previous production
Original, Great acting, Resonant, Riveting, Great staging

See it if U love tradition,heartbreak,struggles,roller coaster of emotions,history of Yiddish theatre,family strife,forbidden love Great music,dancing

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with lesbianism Have no interest in Jewish culture or theatre history

91
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Masterful, Must see

See it if just see it. It's really wonderful. Fantastically talented cast and clever imaginative story telling. If you liked Shuffle Along, see this.

Don't see it if can't really think of a reason not to. I loved it. A little unexpected theatre miracle.

85
For a previous production
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if like great ensemble acting from group who have been with the show at Yale and La Jolla.. . A mini history of Jewish Theater.

Don't see it if you are easily upset by the stories of the us in the early 20th Century (no spoilers here)

94
For a previous production
Original, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if A challenging historical drama with powerful acting and a still relevant plot which forces you to feel involved is what you enjoy.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays unless they make you laugh uproariously. You want to see a light hearted show which will make you feel good.

92
For a previous production
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like to learn about theater history, particularly queer Jewish theater history. This play is well-written, fascinating, and beautiful.

Don't see it if discussion/mention of the Holocaust is hard for you to handle.

81
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if An excellent ensemble with an interesting subject very creatively presented and directed.

Don't see it if the subject matter of a theater controversy doesn't appeal.

90
For a previous production
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Wonderful compelling story, Relevant and timely

See it if You are interested in a compelling and incredibly moving theatre experience and you don't mind crying. Many themes tied together beautifully

Don't see it if You just want a light entertaining theatre experience.