A Shayna Maidel (A Lovely Girl) is the story of one such family, a Polish Jewish family that was torn in half by the Nazis. It focuses on two sisters. A SHAYNA MAIDELPlay by Barbara Lebow, Source for information on A Shayna Maidel: Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature dictionary. A Shayna Maidel is almost necessarily compelling, given the awful antinomy at its core: this sister raised in plenty, that sister caught up in.

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The Chicago company is looking for a way to survive in a changing world. It’s, as the best productions are, an experience with lasting effects.

Lusia marries Duvid, and they have a child Sprinze together, but eventually Lusia, her mother, husband, child, and best friend are taken to Auschwitz. Your sister is your sister forever.

There are two kinds of Holocaust narrative, after all: Read the full review. This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.


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But Lebow also wants to make the pain go away. Written in”A Shayna Maidel” — which translates to “a pretty girl” — is as current as the headlines describing sahyna situation at our southern border.


In addition, Rose, having come to New York at the age of four, has become fully Americanized and has even changed her name from Rayzel Weiss to Rose White. Snayna us for informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast.

In one extraordinary scene, Mordechai and Lusia methodically compare notes—literal entries in pocket journals they keep—on the many dead and missing among their relatives and friends.

The 30 pieces—plus five online-only exclusives—selected for this year’s issue. Daily Herald – Recommended. Snayna Shayna Maidel begins with with birth of a child during a pogrom in 19th-century Poland.

The play poses so many questions: Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Chicagoland Theater Reviews – Highly Recommended. A Shayna Maidel is almost necessarily compelling, given the awful antinomy at its core: Although she is not ashamed of being Jewish, she has distanced herself from her past in Poland and her Jewish heritage; she does not even keep kosher, which disturbs Mordechai. Theatre In San Diego. The survivors and their relatives found it difficult to reunite.

Modern Language Association http: But Lebow also wants to make the pain go away. Lusia is also distracted because she is preoccupied with her search for her missing husband. You’ll leave contemplating life’s near-misses.

A powerful and poignant drama about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the rise of the Nazis. You might be watching a story about a trio of Jewish immigrants in New York inwith 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. Watch the full segment. But when the war breaks out, mother and daughter cannot leave the country.


Mordechai’s refusal prevented his wife and daughter from leaving Poland; as it turns out, if Mordechai had accepted the offer, his family would have survived and his daughter never would have suffered her ordeal in Auschwitz. Mama, like most European Jews who were not able to leave, did not survive.

A Shayna Maidel – Wikipedia

Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge. The two family members read their lists in ritualistic fashion, revealing that almost all their relatives have died. Mordechai and Lusia have each maintained a list of their relatives and what happened to them during the Holocaust. Stalling brings to theatergoers: Meanwhile, Rose grows into a ” percent American” girl.