The Folksbiene’s 2019-2020 season is built around the theme of “Spiritual Resistance.”
Can you tell your Tzeitels from your Hodels?
While this might seem like a New York story, the success of Yiddish theater is actually an international phenomenon.
“The first thing that went through my mind was if this is a shooting, I’m sitting in the back of the theater.”
“Even when he didn’t feel religious, he was constantly viewing himself as the product of that lower-middle-class New Jersey immigrant Jewish family.”
I wasn’t watching a play. I was living it, reconnecting with the family members I’d lost over the last decades, crying the entire time.
Only a small number of writers possess, like Sholem Aleichem, the necessary breadth to create both hilarious and bitterly tragic moments.
If your wedding lacked synchronized jet pack dancing, you may not be legally married.
This was not just a play where the characters spoke Yiddish to each other; it was steeped in Yiddishkeit, the traditional Jewish way of life.
To Tevye, a belief in God goes hand-in-hand with a belief in humor.