Closed 1h 10m
The Labor of Life
East Village
80

The Labor of Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(9 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
11%
Negative
0%
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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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.

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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

Critic Reviews (2)

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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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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