Amid Falling Walls
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Amid Falling Walls

Amid Falling Walls NYC Reviews and Tickets

(81 Ratings)
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Great singing, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

About the Show

A Yiddish musical about the Holocaust, and the resilience and hope of those who lived through it.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (65)

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175 Reviews | 24 Followers
Melancholic, Great talented cast, Emotional, Great singing, Great staging

See it if A Must-see to enjoy a new stage material (some fast but mostly sad songs /poems) about the struggles of the jews during the holocaust.

Don't see it if not interested in Jewish history or Yiddish, tho there's English subtitles. If the whole show was performed in English, I would give it 100!

137 Reviews | 13 Followers
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if The show is as relevant today as when the songs were written

Don't see it if It is hard to watch the action and read the supra titles at the same time Read more

101 Reviews | 33 Followers
Touching, Thought provoking, Absorbing

See it if you are ready to be transported to a time that will break your heart. This beutifully performed musical touches the soul and mind.

Don't see it if if you are afraid to look at harsh history and seek answers to questions we have yet to solve.

53 Reviews | 17 Followers
Masterful, Intelligent, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate a well-crafted collection of songs and poetry from the WWII ghettos, and not just the Warsaw Ghetto, but Vilna and others.

Don't see it if The subject matter bothers you. If you don't like surtitles. Read more

247 Reviews | 61 Followers
Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you speak Yiddish/are willing to watch supertitles: great songs/projections about terrors Jews endured and yet had hope during the Holocaust

Don't see it if you aren't open to watch supertitles or don't want Holocaust stories.

502 Reviews | 67 Followers
Poignant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you want beautiful, heartfelt performances that remind us how low a society can go, while delivering a message of warning for our times.

Don't see it if you don't like supertitles, even though these are easy to read if you need them.

54 Reviews | 12 Followers
Relevant, Masterful, Refreshing, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You love the NYTF and especially the brilliant Steven Skybell! This is very engaging and extremely timely show. Fabulous singing.

Don't see it if You are expecting and want a single story line. It is in Yiddish with English supertitles that are very prominent and easy to follow. Read more

128 Reviews | 25 Followers
Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want a heartfelt & moving story of the Jewish experience during WWII.

Don't see it if You do not like to rely on supertitles or if you do not like stories of the Holocaust.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
November 28th, 2023

“ ‘Amid Falling Walls,’ though, relies heavily on lyrics and spoken text, almost all of it in Yiddish; non-Yiddish speakers, like me, will spend the performance reading supertitles, which are in English and Russian.”
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November 20th, 2023

“this 80-minute musical revue takes audiences to the ghettos of Warsaw, Vilna, and Lodz, where makeshift Yiddish theaters and underground cabarets gave voice to the fears and aspirations of the people crowded within...No other company does this kind of work, and it would be a shame to miss this moving and revelatory showcase of mostly forgotten songs that still embody the spirit of survival and resistance.”
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Lighting & Sound America
November 20th, 2023

"It's a tragedy too terrible to bear, a triumph almost too bitter to celebrate. And yet, the very existence of 'Amid Falling Walls' is cause for celebration, not least for its ability to convey the day-to-day reality of living, and outlasting, a world of horror. An important, highly valuable piece of the past has been finally retrieved."
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November 27th, 2023

Director Matthew “Motl” Didner manages to make what might have been just a well-staged concert of moving songs into a dramatic whole with a deep feeling for the ebb and flow of emotions from happiness to hopelessness. "Amid Falling Walls"—an apt title, unfortunately, still consequential in 2023—does come during a spike in anti-Semitism. Though an entertainment, the show provides ample historical evidence of blind prejudice. If only the message could register.
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Theater Pizzazz
November 20th, 2023

Putting today’s politics aside—assuming that’s even possible—Amid Falling Walls is absolutely worth a trip to Battery Park. You don’t need to know Yiddish to love it, and you’ll probably come to feel that without Yiddish it would lose half its power to move you.
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New York Theater
November 22nd, 2023

a simultaneously delightful and devastating musical revue … performed with verve and heart in Yiddish (with supertitles in English and Russian) by a lively nine-piece orchestra and an adept eight-member cast.. The songs demonstrate a breadth of tone, and a depth of talent by the creators, who ranged from amateurs as young as eleven to songwriting pros, all expressing themselves with humor and sorrow, rage and resistance,
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The Daily Beast
November 21st, 2023

“This show of ‘songs of survival’ is a collection of Yiddish songs that are emotional and illuminating testimonials...The 80-minute revue encapsulates hope, resistance, bigotry, desperation, love, grief, tragedy, joy, and pride."
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Off Off Online
November 29th, 2023

"The production’s structure has nonlinear ghetto and partisan scenes and a loosely linked narrative, so in some ways it resembles a poignant musical revue. This framework strengthens the play’s focus on collective memory of tragedy and celebration of resilience through musical numbers that provide the 'glue' for the show...Certainly, this production’s message of Jews’ resilience amid tragedy and sorrow is an appropriate message for events of the day. "
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