Metropolitan Playhouse presents this 1862 melodrama, a tale of romance between two unlikely lovers whose relationship charts a difficult path. More…
A Jewish refugee, forbidden by law to pass the night in an Austrian town, finds love in the heart of a Christian citizen. But when a self-serving impostor accuses her of infidelity, her champion becomes her most zealous persecutor. By braving starvation, murder, banishment, and a fiery curse, the melodramatic hearts of this timely tale find a grace all their own.
See it if For the solid acting, great sets and costumes. There's never a dull moment in this melodrama but ....
Don't see it if The Jews in this play make the Merchant of Venice look like a sympathetic character. Maybe this was considered forward thinking in its day?
See it if You are comfortable with dated themes and serious melodrama or if you like Shakespearean type misadventures
Don't see it if You are looking for a romp ( this is way too serious for that ) or if you get irritated with moralizing
See it if It Is for those who like stories with real historical settings and human drama.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with subjects of prejudice & disparaging racial/religious dialogue that is used to portray realistic historical setting
See it if interested in an historic 1862 American theatre curiosity and in an unsettling evocation of bigotry which resonates w/current events.
Don't see it if tough stuff to make the overheated melodrama convincing and neither the director nor several of the leads were up to it.
See it if You want to see how melodrama of the 19c may have looked and sounded; and you relish diva roles (Bernhardt and many others took on Leah)
Don't see it if You can't get past the very big acting style of high melodrama. Or you feel nauseous at seeing Austrian anti-semitism enacted.