Monday, November 26, 2007


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Here are but a few of those great reviews:


Chronicle of a difficult season for New York's longest-running Yiddish theater
Wednesday, November 21st 2007, 8:51 AM
Yiddish Theater: A Love Story
At the Pioneer (1:20). NR.
In 1915, there were more than a dozen Yiddish theater companies in New York City. In 2000, when Dan Katzir filmed this touching, if uneven, documentary, just one of those was left - and its future was, to say the least, bleak.

As the movie begins, the heart and soul of the Folksbiene Theater is Zypora Spaisman, a Holocaust survivor who serves as star, ticket taker, and, when necessary, stage sweeper. Though in her eighties and facing nearly-empty houses every night, she refuses to give up, spurring everyone else in the company to similar optimism.

Katzir is an accomplished Israeli director, but this film feels hastily assembled, and is not helped by his awkward narration. Certainly, there are other movies (like “The Komediant”) that offer a richer history of Yiddish theater. But this is an important New York story, and Spaisman makes an inspiring subject - so inspiring, in fact, that the Folksbiene is currently celebrating its 93rd season.

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