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Messiahs of 1933 : how American Yiddish theatre survived adversity through satire

Author: Joel Schechter
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Joel Schechter has rediscovered the funny and often politically charged plays of the American Yiddish theatre of the 1930s. In this text he celebrates their satire, their radical imagination, and their commitment to social change.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Schechter
ISBN: 9781592138722 1592138721
OCLC Number: 171613779
Description: vi, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Messiahs of 1933: how playwright Moishe Nadir and Artef led America out of the Great Depression to a future of full employment, justice and Yiddish satire for all --
Nadir's Rivington Street: the Lower East Side arises --
Prayer boxes as precious as diamonds: how Soviet Yiddish satire fared in America --
The federal theatre project in Yiddish: "The Society of the Sorely Perplexed" takes the stage --
The messiah of 1936: It can't happen here in Yiddish --
Pinski's prelude to a golden age: The tailor becomes a storekeeper --
Menasha Skulnik becomes a bridegroom: popular Yiddish theatre reconsidered --
Prosperity's crisis on stage: the Yiddish puppetry of Maud and Cutler --
Leo Fuchs, Yiddish vaudevillian in "Trouble" --
Yetta Zwerling's comic dybbuk --
Menachem Mendel's false profits: Sholom Aleichem and the Communists --
The "Anti-milkhome zamlung" of 1937: the Yiddish anti-war catalogue reconsidered --
Conclusion: still waiting for the messiah.
Responsibility: Joel Schechter.
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Examines the stage performances created by the Artef collective, the Modicut puppeteers, and the Yiddish Unit of the Federal Theatre Project. This title introduces to contemporary readers some of the  Read more...

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