The People in the Picture
A star of the Yiddish theatre in pre-war Poland, now living in New York, Bubbie must deal with a daughter who runs from the past and a granddaughter who embraces it.Average Rating: based on 2 votes
Show Category: Musical
|Opening:||Apr 1, 2011|
|Closing:||Jun 19, 2011|
254 West 54th Street
New York, NY
Between 7th and 8th Ave.
The plot vehicle of an emotionally disengaged single mother with an adorable young daughter is becoming almost a cliche, but The People in the Picture is not overly encumbered by it. Act I sets up the dramatic conflict that comes to fruition in Act II through the telling of delightful and terrible events that take Bubbie (Donna Murphy) from her native Poland to the US. The fear and agony wrought by the Nazi occupation is given substance through the "snapshots" of the principal characters as they live, work and love in the Yiddish Theater, while trying to hold onto both their humanity and their safety. Donna Murphy bridges the large generation gap demanded by her character with typical artfulness and grace. The show is creatively staged in a simple yet effective way.
I loved this show and plan on seeing it again. It was deeply moving and meaningful on many levels. It is relevant to all of us who are partners, parents, children, grandchildren, and grandparents. It is not just about that time in the world. At it's core, it's about who we are and where we come from. It's about the depth and complexity of relationships. See it. You not only will laugh and cry, you will remember. I'm telling everyone I know not to miss it.
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