Theater for the New City presents this bleak satire from Hungarian émigré George Tabori about a young neo-Nazi's encounter in a graveyard. More…
In the rarely seen 'Jubilee.' a neo–Nazi youth hellbent on defacing Jewish headstones is visited by a Jewish family and a gay couple, who find deliciously sinister ways to goad the miscreant to move on. 'Jubilee' is part of 'Two by Tabori' and is running in repertory with 'Mein Kampf.'
"This play is a scathing rebuke of any sympathy for the type of behavior that led to the deaths of so many in Nazi Germany. 'Jubilee' revolves around Juergen's visits to a Jewish graveyard where the victims of his hate lie buried. As discrimination grows, do we just stand by until an outright act of violence takes place or must we act now to stop what is to come. Many stuck in Axis countries before the fighting broke out observed others drowning and many never lifted a finger in their defense." Full Review
"Can decomposing dead Jews find peace in a Jewish cemetery 50 years after Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany? Jubilee! Perhaps they are doomed to remember what they'd rather forget. The play is worth seeing if, for nothing else, than to see the scene of a woman drowning in a telephone booth in the middle of a parade. 'Jubilee' is not written in a chronological manner and many of the characters play multiple roles. It is hard to follow but it will give you much to think about." Full Review
“An absurdist play, a so-called black comedy, wryly witty and slyly droll…'Jubilee' is more often than not a pastiche...'Jubilee' is a complex work and often a talky one. It’s the kind of play that demands much from its ensemble of actors. While this cast attacked the piece with competence, the high-energy fierceness required to make ‘Jubilee’ truly effective was lacking. The shining light of the production is Green, whose Mitzi is played with nuance and poignancy." Full Review
"For a play that markets as satire, 'Jubilee' sheds remarkably little new light on the subject matter...Due to either some kind of translation convention, or datedness in the writing, many of the jokes don't land. The result is a black comedy in which the comedy is sorely lacking...Everything it is doing is admirable, but it is repetitive, and the subject has been explored more interestingly elsewhere...The cast work hard, but much of the time it just feels like so many spinning wheels." Full Review
See it if U really like Tabori's work & curious about the English version but be ready to suffer through a bad play that is misrepresented as satire.
Don't see it if U want an intelligently presented play that is focused & clear. U get annoyed with 2nd rate German translation that missed all the satire!
See it if If you know George Tabori's work or if you can do your research before seeing the show. It is an extremely dark and challenging peice.
Don't see it if You don't know your history and are not interested in theatre that forces you to think.
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