God of Vengeance
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God of Vengeance

God of Vengeance NYC Reviews and Tickets

(22 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

About the Show

After a successful run at La MaMa earlier this season, New Yiddish Rep restages its revival of Sholem Asch's famously controversial play in its original Yiddish with a new director. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (22)

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287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience a different culture and language (unless you're already fluent in Yiddish)

Don't see it if Don't like reading supertitles

1031 Reviews | 952 Followers
Absorbing, Great story, Thought-provoking, Cheap production

See it if Powerful story, some great actors. Great segue to Indecent. Great to imagine how shocking the story was for 1907.

Don't see it if This is not the same production rated by the NY Times. It was a very simple, very low budget version. Supertitles can be a bit distracting.

71 Reviews | 11 Followers

See it if If you're undisturbed by Judaism presented as a mere mass of debased superstition.

Don't see it if Characters with no ethical center trouble you. Read more

47 Reviews | 6 Followers
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you want to see something classic, but fresh

Don't see it if you don't like reading subtites

44 Reviews | 17 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if You are interested in Yiddish theater history. Interested in seeing Indecent and want to see the original play.

Don't see it if You don't want to see something in a different language. The subtitles were often not very good. Read more

48 Reviews | 14 Followers
Banal, Dated, Subtitled, Yiddish german, Flat

See it if You care about Yiddish theatre IN Yiddish

Don't see it if You don't want to read subtitles Read more

11 Reviews | 3 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Yiddish theater, you want to experience Jewish playwriting from the early 1900s, you are interested in the Jewish underworld.

Don't see it if prostitution and ethically void characters depress you.

15 Reviews | 3 Followers

See it if You have any interest in Yiddish theater and its history.

Don't see it if If you dislike theater in another language (Yiddish) ; plays deals with religion /hipocracy/sexual behavior...

Critic Reviews (18)

March 24th, 2017

"'God of Vengeance' is a large, sprawling text, full of complex characters whose motives invite debate. In this, Asch's play embodies the best traditions of Judaism, along with the brokenness he sees in Judaism's most extreme forms....The New Yiddish Rep approaches the play with all the rigor and sensitivity of a Rabbinic scholar poring over a verse of the Talmud."
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The New York Times
December 29th, 2016
For a previous production

"'God of Vengeance' holds the stage formidably in its own right, primarily for its forthright depiction of the love between Yankl’s teenage daughter and one of the women who work in the brothel....Deftly directed by Eleanor Reissa, who is terrific in the role of Yankl’s wife...The production is somewhat cramped on the small stage at LaMaMa and the contemporary setting adds nothing much to the play. But the cast’s commitment brings the work’s flashes of lyricism to powerful life."
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AM New York
January 5th, 2017
For a previous production

"While the tone of 'God of Vengeance' is over the top by today’s standards, it is fascinating from a historical and cultural perspective. While the kiss scene may no longer be shocking, much of the play is still provocative. In spite of an uneven ensemble and limited production values, the New Yiddish Rep’s production makes for heated and compelling theater."
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January 3rd, 2017
For a previous production

"Though Asch's characters tend to be one-dimensional, his intrepid takes on religion, societal mores, and the evil that men do, still resonate…Asch's story has a sensational quality to it that, when combined with melodramatic scenes, sometimes approaches the comical...Reissa gives a wonderfully nuanced performance…Reissa directs the play with some restraint, but the built-in histrionics can't help bursting into the open now and then."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 3rd, 2017
For a previous production

"Asch's dramaturgy is more than a little old-fashioned...and the play doesn't always get the help it needs from Reissa's direction. A particular disappointment is the Yekel of Shane Baker...Much better are Reissa...and Mandelbaum...Reissa has chosen to stage the production in modern dress, which is surely a mistake...Whatever this production's shortcomings, New Yiddish Rep has done us a favor by producing 'God of Vengeance,' and anyone who has seen 'Indecent' will want to check it out."
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December 31st, 2016
For a previous production

“Surprisingly, Eleanor Reissa's production for New Yiddish Rep has made some debatable choices which damage the power of the play. First of all and most obviously, although not a word has been updated, the characters wear contemporary clothing and use modern objects like headphones, a plastic umbrella and platform shoes. Since there are references to opening a horse stable and the sexual mores of 1907 have changed considerably, this is both distracting and confusing.”
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December 28th, 2016
For a previous production

"Reissa, who also directs, has made marvelous use of the small stage…If Reissa is convincing as the practical and mostly amoral Soreh, Baker shines as the conflicted Yankl…The production tries too hard to give Rivkele and Manke a relationship not supported by the text…'God of Vengeance' is not about brothels or lesbians...It is about sin, hypocrisy and ultimately man's relationship to God. Surely that is enough to make this play a masterful study of the human soul."
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Theatre is Easy
December 31st, 2016
For a previous production

"Even today, Asch's play is relevant and its core ideas are striking. This stage rendition loses some of Asch’s poetic, literary touches…I would like the moments between Rifkele and Manke to linger longer...The opening scene also does not capture the time and mood…Too many colors and styles in the costumes distract from the transportive power of the original text…I still think this is a play worth seeing and reviving, especially for its statement on religious hypocrisy."
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