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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Picture This Post – Recommended. Windy City Times – Recommended. Chicago Theatre Review – Highly Recommended. And Lusia—haunted by vivid memories of her past—struggles to connect with a family she barely knows. This was an excellent play, and I laud TimeLine for selecting it as one of its shows.

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When the two sisters reunite in New York City many years later, Rose is confronted by an older sister who, having survived the horrors of war overseas, now seems nothing more than a stranger. But when the war breaks out, mother and daughter cannot leave the country.

Only Lusia and Duvid survive the ordeal, and Lusia, grieving for her mother, baby, and best friend, arrives in New York to live with the relatives who left Poland before the war and to attempt to track down Duvid, whom she believes is alive and looking for her. The 30 pieces—plus five online-only exclusives—selected for this year’s issue. 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.

In the poignant letter Rose’s mother tells her that she loves her and sends along her baby spoon, which she has kept as a tangible reminder of their bond.


Stalling has infused her presentation with life, authentic humanity and unpretentious sensitivity. Chicago Sun Times – Highly Recommended.


Mordechai insists that she come to live with her sister, Rose. Theatre In San Diego.

The play poses so many questions: But Emily Berman as Lusia steals the show exhibiting two different personalities as a happy newlywed before the war and a scarred and flawed survivor afterwards.

By Melanie Walsh It was an experience not to be forgotten. Therefore, Mordechai had taken Rose Rayzel with him to New York and had maiedl to have his wife and Lusia join them after the daughter recovered.

A Shayna Maidel – TimeLine Theatre Company – Chicago

The main reason Rose feels uncomfortable about living with Lusia is her guilt: Mordechai and Lusia have each maintained a list of their relatives and what happened to them during the Holocaust. Photo by Lara Goetsch. Although she is not ashamed of being Jewish, she has distanced herself from her past in Poland and her Jewish heritage; she does maidsl even keep kosher, which disturbs Mordechai. There’s all that history, after all.

Meanwhile, Rose grows into a ” percent American” girl. The Weiss family searches for understanding, forgiveness and love in the aftermath of a genocide. Chicago Reader – Somewhat Recommended. Levy Lighting Designer Samantha C. In theory, Lusia and Mama will join Rose and Mordechai later, but the years go by and for one reason and another—Mordechai is too tight to borrow the fare money, Mama doesn’t really want to travel, Lusia marries Duvid and has a baby—they don’t.

The play concludes on a positive note, for Mordechai manages to help find Duvid and bring him to Rose’s apartment, where Lusia is waiting. This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play. This scene is significant in Lebow’s play, for he is a good baby who does not cry, thus foreshadowing his resilience and tough spirit.

A Shayna Maidel begins sahyna with birth of a child during a pogrom in 19th-century Poland.

Stage and Cinema – Recommended. Glad we saw it!


Vanessa Stalling gets the props for orchestrating a staging that clearly presents a narrative that switches back and forth in time and place. Whenever there is maideel production this sensitive and moving, the audience can look to the director for commendation. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Lusia initially does not mind being left behind because she can remain with her best friend Hanna and because she has fallen in love with Duvid.

W, they make up for what their father has missed amid the bounty of America: The Maisel company is looking for a way to survive in a changing world. Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man: Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. A Shayna Maidel Photo Gallery. By Meredith Boe A Shayna Maidel is almost necessarily compelling, given the awful antinomy at its core: Still, the play lumbers along-not because it’s boring but because its deliberate pace offers no resolution without the late plot surprises.

Daily Herald – Recommended.

It’s a story about grief and guilt, trauma and recovery and family members reconciling in the wake of inconceivable atrocities. But Lebow also wants to make the pain madel away. 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. How fitting, then, that Timeline Theatre has chosen to revive the drama A Shayna Maidel, which serves as a reminder both of the devastation that faced European Jews in the 30s and 40s and that these horrors did not happen to faceless people; they happened to families.