God of Vengeance

God of Vengeance Diabolical ingenuity and rueful tenderness a playwright with a particularly pungent and intelligent vision Ben Brantley New York Times A vivid panorama of a Lower East Side street scene crammed with

  • Title: God of Vengeance
  • Author: Sholem Asch Donald Margulies
  • ISBN: 9781559362337
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Diabolical ingenuity and rueful tenderness a playwright with a particularly pungent and intelligent vision Ben Brantley, New York Times A vivid panorama of a Lower East Side street scene crammed with grimy tenements, riotous store fronts and packed pushcarts epic theatre a fascinating new adaptation of Sholom Asch s 1906 drama Malcolm Johnson, Hartford CourantJack C Diabolical ingenuity and rueful tenderness a playwright with a particularly pungent and intelligent vision Ben Brantley, New York Times A vivid panorama of a Lower East Side street scene crammed with grimy tenements, riotous store fronts and packed pushcarts epic theatre a fascinating new adaptation of Sholom Asch s 1906 drama Malcolm Johnson, Hartford CourantJack Chapman runs a brothel on the first floor of his tenement and while he is prosperous, he is not virtuous For his daughter Rivkele, however, Jack aspires for something respectability through her marriage to a religious scholar But Rivkele s tender love affair with Manke, one of Jack s prostitutes, threatens to destroy the upcoming marriage, and with it, Jack s dream of redemption Pulitzer Prize winning author Donald Margulies transforms Sholom Asch s classic mortality tale into a work of spellbinding power.Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends The play received numerous awards, including the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination, and has been produced all over the United States and around the world In addition to his adaptation of God of Vengeance, his many plays include Collected Stories, The Country House, Sight Unseen, The Model Apartment, The Loman Family Picnic, What s Wrong with This Picture and Time Stands Still Mr Margulies currently lives with his wife and their son in New Haven, Connecticut, where he teaches playwriting at Yale University.

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    1. [Насправді читала в оригіналі, їдишем, і то в якомусь нестандартизованому правописі, тож собою пишаюся]Свого часу Шолем Аш був чи не найбільшим іменем у популярній їдишній літературі, таким Сенкевичем від їдишу, жив з письменства, номінували його навіть на Нобеля - аж минул [...]

    2. The work of Sholem Asch has some harsh realities. You have, at the surface, an eyebrow raising setting, a brothel, a controlling father, a rigid belief system, and a rebellious daughter. You have a little further into the water, a need to belong. Although The Daddy has chosen a deviant life, he wants what is pure and good for his daughter. She isn't the person he wants her to be. She needs to be herself, to do what feels right to her, to love the person she loves in her own way, and to live her [...]

    3. Although I taught the play 17 years ago in an LGBT theatre course, I hadn't read it since, and I wanted to revisit it after watching the PBS presentation of the new Broadway play, 'Indecent', which revolves around the censorship of the play when it was presented in America in 1923. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that Margulies' version is an adaptation, rather than a literal translation, which transposes the action from 1906 Poland to 1923 America, and in doing so, dilutes a lot of the power of [...]

    4. A play written by a Polish-Jewish playwright. After a performance in the United States in 1923 the entire cast was arrested for indecency. I wanted to read it because the recent Broadway play Indecent is based on that story. I failed to read it prior to seeing the show, which I wish I had. I was still able to follow the story, but still wish I had knowledge of the original play going in. The broadcast a recording of Indecent on PBS earlier this fall, which I have saved on my DVR to rewatch now t [...]

    5. A slightly updated version of Sholem Asch's play of the same name. Donald Margulies has moved the action from Poland to New York in the 1920's. Can you bargain with God for another person, when you, yourself have no relationship with God? How does love manage to manifest when there is no stable example of it around you? Read this in preparation for Paula Vogel's Indecent which is a play about the controversy God of Vengeance caused in the US in the 1920's, when it had played around the world wit [...]

    6. I heard about this play through seeing Indecent on Broadway, which I very much enjoyed. God of Vengeance lives up to the picture painted of it in Indecent. It is complex, engaging, and very much ahead of its time. I would love to see a production of it some day.

    7. Crazy play beautifully translated in English/ yiddish, a must read in yiddish literature.Written at the beginning of the XXth century by Sholem Asch and still very modern and amazingly but nicely provocative towards some kind of believers.

    8. Having seen "Indecent" on Broadway, I really wanted to read the source material. This translation left much to be desired and kept me from immersing myself as much as I would have liked.

    9. I don't understand why this is not more widely known and performed, besides being one hundred years ahead of it's time, it's dramatic and fun and well-structured and sensual. It's Fiddler on the Roof, but subversive, with a father figure to rank up their with the dramatic men of the stage. This should be part of the theatrical canon as much as Streetcar, or Death of a Salesman. I cannot think of a more instantly classic scene than two women having relations on one side of a door while a mother l [...]

    10. Sholem Asch's 1907 Yiddish play God of Vengeance, which was controversial from the start. It told the story of a Jewish brothel owner who bribes a rabbi so that the rabbi's son will marry his daughter. Paula Vogel, Indecent's Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, says, "The only problem in the original play is that the daughter falls in love with a prostitute downstairs." Asch's script includes a love scene between the two women. [] God of Vengeance may have been controversial, but it was also a cr [...]

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