The Metropolitan Playhouse presents a new staging of this 1892 play, not a translation of 'King Lear,' but a retelling of the story, that is farcical, introspective, and politically pointed all at once. More…
Reb Dovidl Moysheles seeks to divide his estate among his three daughters before his move to Israel. The youngest, whose unflagging devotion to him is unrecognized, and her Rabbinical student boyfriend doubt the wisdom of his plans, comparing him to that great writer Shakespeare’s character, King Lear. The two eldest self-centeredly misuse his largess with their respective husbands--one a Hasid, the other a Misnagid--and ultimately turn him out of their house when he returns, disenchanted, from the promised land. For years he wanders alone but for his devoted, irreverent servant. Can it really end in tragedy? For this, we have the theater...
See it if you'd like to see a smartly revived classic of Yiddish theater (in crisply translated English) or just want to see a warmhearted show!
Don't see it if you have no tolerance for customs, music, dance, ideas that are probably different from those you grew up with.
See it if you enjoy a powerful drama about a Jewish family with the father making many of the mistakes of King Lear. Great writing and acting.
Don't see it if you like comedy. This is a drama about family members and all emotions are bared.
See it if you like shows about Jewish traditional culture, family dynamics in this society, hypocrisy, greed and suppression of women.
Don't see it if you dislike stereotyped characters, obvious rather than nuanced scripts and predictable plots.
See it if you enjoy family dramas with Jewish themes.
Don't see it if you want to see a modern play about family issues.
Also I found the play too predictable and simple.
See it if Loosely based on Shakespeare it brings out the best of Yiddish theater in 1892 and still is relevant today
Don't see it if If you don't care about Jewish traditions and immigrant's adjustments to their new home in USA
See it if you want to see a cast, across the boards here, giving masterful performances. Joel Leffert & Jeremy Lawrence rise to the top here. A treat!
Don't see it if off-off-Broadway on the Lower East Side is just not your thing.
See it if you are fascinated by the idea of the King Lear story performed in a Jewish 19th Century family setting.
Don't see it if You don't like excellent acting and story telling revolving around 19th century family drama.
See it if You appreciate outstanding acting and discovering a piece from long ago that reveals universal truths about human nature.
Don't see it if You don't have the patience for a long show (almost 3 hrs.) or don't like small theater spaces.
See it if An historical gem of the Yiddish theater brought to life by supremely gifted veterans backed by a talented cast in a great translation.
Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist.