Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

God of Vengeance

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: 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.  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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (22)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting
79
Avg Score

71
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.

83
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

65
Excruciating

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.

Also A Yiddish speaking audience in 1908 would have understood that the ver... Read more Read less

66
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

Also It's gloom and doom for the innocent story is "The Drunkard" in Yiddis... Read more Read less

77
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.

Also I was glad I saw this show. The actors were, for the most part, quite ... Read more Read less

95
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

91
Absorbing

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...

99
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.

For a previous production
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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

For a previous production
76
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Slow, Intense

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.

For a previous production
85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy

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.

Also With "Indecent" moving to Broadway this play is sure to get even more ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
68
Dated, Ambitious, Intense

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

For a previous production
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

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

For a previous production
62
Ambitious, Cliched, Great writing, Overrated, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Helpful to know "Indecent" - the 'response' to GOV which deals with ma... Read more Read less

For a previous production
86
Intense, Resonant, Absorbing

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!

For a previous production
55
Dated, Slow, Ambitious

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

For a previous production
82
Dated, Thought-provoking, Intense

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!

For a previous production
92
Intense, Great acting

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.

For a previous production
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Slow

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!

For a previous production
69
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a hard and honest look at the Jewish community and it's struggles.

Don't see it if You want something upbeat and entertaining.

For a previous production
76
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You enjoy good theater

Don't see it if You want a splashy musical

For a previous production
90
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Liked it; you are Jewish; and are curious about Jewish themes.

Don't see it if --if you are "opinionated."


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...
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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 s...
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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 Yi...
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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 n...
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