Thursday, March 13, 2014
Last night we attended an off-Broadway show that we're not hesitating to recommend to any of our readers who can find their way to the Baruch Performing Arts Center on East 25th Street in New York City.
The musical comedy, The Megile of Itzik Manger, is a mesmerizing Yiddish musical with English and Russian supertitles flashed on the screen in the background, so you don't have to know Yiddish to enjoy the Klezmer music, choreography, acrobatics, humor, and just plain energy and comedy that goes on for 90 minutes without intermission on a stage set up as a circus ring.
The show, timed for the Purim season, has only a few more performances left. It was a hit last year and was brought back for another short run this year. At last night's performance, it was announced that on this Saturday night, March 15, the theatre will be the scene of a Purim celebration. The Megillah of Esther will be read in Yiddish, with English translations, 30 minutes prior to the 9:00 pm curtain.
A reception will follow the Saturday night performance accompanied by a costume contest, so be sure to dress for the occasion. Four other performances remain, two today and two on Sunday.
If you can't see the show this time around, take a look at this video that includes some scenes and an introduction to Itzik Manger and his works.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)