Written in 1989, this dark comedy about a husband leaving his wife is one of Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin's enduring classics. Presented by New Yiddish Rep in both Yiddish and English-language performances. More…
'The Labor of Love' begins with the hero getting his sleeping wife out of bed in the middle of the night to announce that he's leaving her after 30 years of marriage. The heartlessness of his desertion is evident even in the words with which he tries to comfort her: "Maybe you'll meet a widower, a real estate dealer from Los Angeles, and have a good laugh on me in America."
"'Hanoch Levin Squared' is a magical back-to-back New Yiddish Rep presentation of two of Levin tragi-comic tours de force...'The Labor of Life' would have made a wonderful script for Groucho Marx...Brilliantly directed in both languages by Ronit Muszkatblit...In the future, anytime you hear about a Yiddish Rep production, listen to me, take a chance and buy yourself a ticket." Full Review
"'The Labor of Life,' in Hebrew, consisting of marital cruelty and death, this time in bed and equally long, is performed by Sokolsky, Asher-Sandler and Rosen under the direction of Muszkatblit...The bigger question is, why? Why this focus on the theater works of Hanoch Levin? The New Yiddish Rep amply demonstrates its talents, devotion and grit, true, even as it amply demonstrates the rigor of Levin’s growing reputation but that does not answer the question." Full Review
See it if you are at all interested in contemporary world theater, or offshoots of the theater of the absurd.
Don't see it if you do not know Yiddish & cannot handle projected English surtitles—I had no trouble with them.
See it if You want to see a great work with great acting that's absurd and non traditional but yet also simple and very relatable.
Don't see it if You don't like indie, real, theater.
Also Good work NYR – another masterful production!
See it if You like existential playwrights like Beckett; as well as a bit of dark humor and echos of the human condition.
Don't see it if Don't like reading supertitles, want a musical that is light hearted and won't cause you to think and feel
See it if You are interested in seeing a play in Yiddish that seems as if Anton Chekhov could have written it
Don't see it if You are not interested in a 3 character play about a man angsting about life and wanting to leave his wife
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