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Re: [yiddish-31] Der Goldene Land

From: rebecca
Sent on: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:28 PM
Agree 100%. Such a scathing review was unnecessary.
 
Rebecca
 
In a message dated 11/30/[masked]:20:12 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [address removed] writes:
I didn’t even finish reading this message.  I’m sorry and DISGUSTED that some of you are so UNappreciative of the efforts that a small company makes to revive the Yiddish theater.  How many Yiddish theater do you see around the world?  In NYC, the theater mecca???  Must we crush (and so arrogantly too) the genuine efforts a company makes for an art that’s....dying???  It’s not so easy to revive something, especially when the likes of you spread some UNdeserved bad critiques.  Next critique I receive I’ll delete without reading.  Your critiques aren’t worth my spit! 
 
 
Sent: Friday, November 30,[masked]:05 AM
Subject: Re: [yiddish-31] Der Goldene Land
 
Just saw this and thought I should clue you in.  I saw "The Golden Land" the other night.  Unfortunately.  I find it hard to express in words how appalled and disgusted I was by it.

The cast are a talented bunch of singers, but their Yiddish is for the most part just terrible. (And there's very little Yiddish in the show in the first place -- maybe 15% of the total.)  Even worse, the script alternates between the idiotic and the (sometimes shockingly) offensive.

A few examples:

Hideous "comedic" dialogue sections (in English) with the actors doing clueless impressions of what they think our grandparents sounded like.

A long section on Jacob P. Adler and Shakespeare that asks the audience to laugh at the very idea of theater in Yiddish.  (I'm not kidding.  I wish I was.) 

Dancing and singing up-tempo English-language arrangements of "Belz" and "Romania" during the Holocaust section (!!!)

Etc., etc., ad nauseum.

How Folksbiene could possibly reconcile this with their Mission Statement (which is on their website) is beyond me.

Notice that the NY TImes review was almost entirely descriptive, which is what they do when they are being discreet.  And if you dig around, you will notice that for the first time ever, established figures in the Yiddish community -- bloggers, theater historians, Forverts editors, members of Yiddishist organizations -- have been speaking out against this type of cynical trash being passed off as "Yiddish Theatre", all so a few people can make a quick buck.

If people patronize it, then those who selected it will be encouraged, and we will only get more of the same.  A cash ticket purchase is a vote of support.  Please, don't.

If you get a free ticket and are dying to see it, go ahead, but don't say I didn't warn you.

A.L. Rickman

P.S.  I believe the Folksbiene will be doing "The Megilla of Itsik Manger" in the spring.  That's a first-rate pop musical with excellent Yiddish.  That's what should be encouraged.  As should New Yiddish Rep, which has been granted the exclusive right to do "Waiting For Godot" in Yiddish, and they need all the support they can get.
 

From: Mike <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, November 28,[masked]:12 PM
Subject: [yiddish-31] Der Goldene Land
 
Cheverim,
It was suggested that I schedule a meetup to go see the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater performance of Der Goldene Land.  Unfortunately, there are very few seats left for any of the 3 remaining performances (for example, one balcony seat remains for the Sunday 2pm matinee).  I blew it not getting around to this early enough and apologize.  Here is a link for anyone who doesn't mind an orchestra or balcony seat on Dec. 2nd:
 
http://visitor.benchmarkemail.com/c/v?e=23C3A6&c=2A700&l=15BD810&email=JHu%2Ffn7LLXBYZyheg2JeNw%3D%3D&relid=266BCD6C
 
Mike




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