The Labor of Life
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The Labor of Life
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The Labor of Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(9 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
11%
Negative
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Members say
Thought-provoking, Profound, Funny, Quirky, Great acting

About the Show

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. 

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Member Reviews (9)

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Banal, Dizzying, Excruciating, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if If you like a family type genre , husband wife plays dealing with separation.

Don't see it if You do not like a lot of yelling or subtitles during a performance.

88
Brutally honest, Funny, Earthy, Philosophical, Acute

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. Read more

70
Absorbing, Quirky, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Yiddish husband and wife light melodrama

Don't see it if You don't like supertitles

78
Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you enjoy family dramas about long term relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like alot of yelling onstage or have difficulty with supertitles (unless you speak the language).

90
Profound, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are married for 30 years. Universal tragie-comic masterful production in any language.

Don't see it if You do not like super titles. Read more

88
Great acting, Profound, Quirky, Masterful

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. Read more

78
Funny, Intense, Thought-provoking, Albeesque

See it if YOu like strong dramas, especially Virginia Wolfe

Don't see it if Don't like using super-titles

80
Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny

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 Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

Theater Pizzazz
March 30th, 2018

"'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."
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TheaterScene.com
March 20th, 2018

"'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."
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