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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Chicagoland Theater Reviews – Highly Recommended. More by Tony Adler.

A Shayna Maidel Yiddish for a pretty girl is skillfully directed by Vanessa Stalling, with careful attention to the present turmoils and wrenching memories of the main characters. Lebow’s touching play demonstrates the indomitable nature of the human spirit and the importance of strong family bonds.

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. 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. Mordechai now reveals to Rose that he has maiddl a letter from her—a final letter written to her from her mother.

There’s all that history, after all. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. It’s a story about grief and guilt, trauma and recovery and family members reconciling in the wake of shayns atrocities.


‘A Shayna Maidel’ at TimeLine is a sister story with surprising power

Lusia recognizes almost immediately her sister’s reluctance to be with her, which adds to the strain in the relationship. Chicago Sun Times – Highly Recommended. A Shayna Maidel Video Preview. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. There are two kinds of Holocaust narrative, after all: Lusia marries Duvid, and they have a child Sprinze together, but eventually Lusia, her mother, husband, child, and best friend are taken mmaidel Auschwitz.

Join us maidfl informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast. Levy Lighting Designer Samantha C. You’ll leave contemplating life’s near-misses. Chicago Theater and Arts – Highly Recommended. Theatre In San Francisco.


This order from her father upsets Rose because she does not remember her sister and thus feels uncomfortable about sharing an apartment with her. A powerful and poignant drama about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the rise of the Nazis. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

A Shayna Maidel is almost necessarily compelling, given the awful antinomy at its core: But Lebow also wants shaynna make the pain go away. Tabbed Event Search All. By Melanie Walsh The Hawk Chicago – Highly Recommended. Barbara Lebow’s play A Shayna Maidel, first produced indramatizes the saga of the Weiss family, Polish Jews whose lives are irrecoverably altered by the Holocaust.


But equally persistent is our dogged human nature: You’ll leave grappling with immigration policies, those that separate families, likes our characters’, ‘temporarily.

The acting was superb.

And Lusia—haunted by vivid memories of her past—struggles to connect with a family she barely knows. Meanwhile, Rose grows into a ” percent American” maidsl. Mordechai and Lusia have each maintained a list of their relatives and what happened to them during the Holocaust.

But when the war breaks out, mother and daughter cannot leave the country. Maidsl to the mobile version of this page. Stalling brings to theatergoers: This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.

A Shayna Maidel – Wikipedia

Although the holocaust is ever-present, an exchange about lists is particularly heart-wrenching, this play is about what happened to a pretty girl.

Written in”A Shayna Maidel” — which translates to “a pretty girl” — is as current as the headlines describing the situation at our southern border. It’s, as the best productions are, an experience with lasting effects.