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. More…
One of the most psychologically revealing plays of the early 20th century, and still highly incendiary due to its conflicted view of Judaism, 'God of Vengeance' inspired Paula Vogel's critically acclaimed 'Indecent.' The play is about a brothel owner's attempt to marry off his daughter and have her lead a dignified religious life, only to watch her drawn back into the life of sin in which she was raised. The show featured Broadway's first lesbian kiss, and many involved in that 1923 production were arrested for indecency. See what all the fuss was about! Performed in Yiddish with English supertitles.
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.
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.
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.
See it if want to see the basis of the upcoming "Indecent"; want to try Yiddish theater--it's a show that was clearly ahead of it's time
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual themes
See it if you are interested in seeing a landmark Yiddish Theater play before seeing the backstory play Indecent this spring.
Don't see it if you don't like sitting in uncomfortable chairs for over 1.5 hours - no intermission or if you don't like reading subtitles.
See it if you are so invested in the upcoming Broadway production of Indecent that you feel the need to seek out the original source material
Don't see it if you don't feel as described above -- while it's neat to see in its original Yiddish, GoV isn't as powerful or resonant as Indecent itself is
See it if you want to see the original play 'Indecent' was based upon. In Yiddish with English supra titles, this is mesmerizing and stands on its own
Don't see it if you have no interest in Yiddish theater. This is living history, absorbing and excellent theater, but you have to want to be there.
See it if Well directed, excellent ensemble acting with a fascinating and riveting theme. Excellent set for such as small stage!
Don't see it if If the problems/challenges of Orthodox Judaism do not interest you
See it if You appreciate Yiddish revival. You know the history of the play (and its significance in the queer movement.)
Don't see it if You dislike clunky acting, possibly hindered by language barriers. You prefer surtitles to flow more smoothly with the dialogue.
See it if An opportunity to see an historically important play, excellent acting and direction. If you saw Indecent you'll find this play fascinating.
Don't see it if A family drama In Yiddish with English supertitles, small stage, from another era. With hookers!
See it if you want to see a play controversial at the time it was written with a harsh look at the religious Jewish community, done in Yiddish
Don't see it if you want strong acting and a clear direction, or a pace that doesn't make you fall asleep, or if critique of anything Jewish would upset you
See it if you want to see the source material for "Indecent" (coming to Broadway this spring) & how such a provocative topic was treated in 1923!
Don't see it if you don't have patience for a slower, dated production that relies on subtitles for non-Yiddish speakers!
See it if You want to see a historical play that's been updated (Indecent is based on it) and you appreciate great acting in any language.
Don't see it if You don't like original language (Yiddish) with subtitles, and can't tolerate the intense drama of the Yiddish stage.
See it if you like theater history, Jewish history, family drama, want to see the play behind "Indecent" before it hits Broadway.
Don't see it if you don't like plays in other languages with English subtitles; you want something light and fun.
Also The actor who played the Rabbi stole every scene!