A SHAYNA MAIDEL PDF

IN ''A Shayna Maidel,'' two sisters - one a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, the other brought up as an American -meet in after a separation of almost 20 years, and in the course of a heart-rending evening, they achieve an intimacy that transcends the theatrical event. Barbara Lebow's play is about the horrors of the Holocaust; it is also a deeply personalized study of sisterhood, family and a crisis of faith. After previous productions at the Academy Theater in Atlanta, where Ms. The play introduces New Yorkers to a talented dramatist and provides the impetus for two beautifully matched performances, by Gordana Rashovich and Melissa Gilbert as the sisters.

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The trauma merely changes form. You might be watching a story about a trio of Jewish immigrants in New York in , with all the attendant themes of pride and assimilation, honoring the past and moving forward to the present, but you cannot help but think of the common problems faced by all immigrants, all refugees.

You blink out from your seat at what Berman and Stalling have created here, and I swear you see a woman carrying a great burden on her shoulders, and so the stakes of the drama rise exponentially. Most of us might be able to predict that this will be a play about two daughters and their father played by Charles Stransky finding a way to move forward together, and so they do. There is no surprise there. But this specific production is so suffused with tension because everyone here makes you understand just how far they have to go, and that as they go there, they do with the symbolic import of something far bigger than their fictional selves.

The one leavens the other, and both of them have room for the kind of character flaws that plays like this must have the courage to manifest. If they are to feel real.

Lebow has compassion for the patriarch of her story, a man who must make his way, deal with his own guilt and also withstand so much that was not his fault. Skip to content. Lara Goetsch photo. Chris Jones is a Tribune critic. Latest The Theater Loop. What must they do to assure their future? Theater master classes for youth attract Broadway talent. Jeff Awards committee postpones Non-Equity ceremony. In a cascade of online statements, Chicago theaters say they stand in solidarity with protesters.

When: Through Dec. Where: TimeLine Theatre, W. Wellington Ave. Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes. The Theater Loop Theater master classes for youth attract Broadway talent.

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The Theater: ''A Shayna Maidel''

When Rose and Lusia are reunited, Rose tries to engage with an older sister who, having survived the horrors of war overseas, now seems a stranger. And Lusia—haunted by vivid memories of her past—struggles to connect with a family she barely knows. A Shayna Maidel explores family, faith, and forgiveness inthe pursuit of a better future. You might be watching a story about a trio of Jewish immigrants in New York in , with all the attendant themes of pride and assimilation, honoring the past and moving forward to the present, but you cannot help but think of the common problems faced by all immigrants, all refugees. Read the full review. Watch the full segment.

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A Shayna Maidel

The trauma merely changes form. You might be watching a story about a trio of Jewish immigrants in New York in , with all the attendant themes of pride and assimilation, honoring the past and moving forward to the present, but you cannot help but think of the common problems faced by all immigrants, all refugees. You blink out from your seat at what Berman and Stalling have created here, and I swear you see a woman carrying a great burden on her shoulders, and so the stakes of the drama rise exponentially. Most of us might be able to predict that this will be a play about two daughters and their father played by Charles Stransky finding a way to move forward together, and so they do.

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A Shayna Maidel (A Pretty Girl)

Barbara Lebow's play A Shayna Maidel, first produced in , dramatizes the saga of the Weiss family, Polish Jews whose lives are irrecoverably altered by the Holocaust. The play begins in a Polish shtetl in , when the patriarch of the family, Mordechai Weiss, is born during what appears to be a pogrom. This scene is significant in Lebow's play, for he is a good baby who does not cry, thus foreshadowing his resilience and tough spirit. A Shayna Maidel is a memory play in that it is set in three times: when Mordechai is born in , when his two daughters Rose White and Lusia Weiss Pechenik are reunited in New York City during the present , and when Lusia has flashbacks of her life in Poland immediately before and after the Holocaust.

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