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Leah, the Forsaken

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging

About the show

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.

February 21st, 2017
"There’s a little dust on the dialogue in 'Leah, the Forsaken,' but a rare revival by the Metropolitan Playhouse shines up this 1862 play just fine...Augustin Daly, the playwright, was generous with the melodrama...But Daly threw in a few ideas about tolerance, too, raising this story a notch abo...
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February 17th, 2017
"The direction, performances, and design elements combine for a most impressive and cohesive production in service to the company's mission of exploring seldom-seen plays from the past...It is not difficult to understand why 'Leah, the Forsaken' was a popular hit in its time...This production is ...
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February 26th, 2017
"'Leah, the Forsaken'—written by an important playwright in the last half of the nineteenth century who contributed 100 scripts to the American theater including the now-classic 'Under the Gaslight'—is of historic value. However, in the fraught times we live in, the outcome of the play does littl...
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February 17th, 2017
"It's extremely melodramatic, even for its time...For a modern audience this is all a bit difficult to swallow. Nevertheless, the cast does a commendable job with the overwrought language and extravagant action…Despite all these efforts, there are times when the play limps along under its own wei...
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