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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It was an experience not to be forgotten. There are two kinds of Holocaust narrative, after all: The Weiss family searches for understanding, forgiveness and love in the aftermath of a genocide.

Time Out Chicago – Recommended. Therefore, Mordechai had taken Rose Rayzel with him to New York and had intended to have his wife and Lusia join them after the daughter recovered. What if you were separated – by distance and then by the war? This order from her father upsets Rose because she does not remember her sister and thus feels uncomfortable about sharing an apartment with her.

As directed by Vanessa Stalling-who’s really come into her own in the last two years-all the performers are effective and gain our empathy except Stransky, who’s not supposed to be sympathetic.

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. When Lusia and Rose are finally reunited inLusia is alone and has a death-camp number tattooed on her forearm. Picture This Post – Recommended. 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. 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.


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. This was an excellent play, and I laud TimeLine for selecting it as one of its shows.

A Shayna Maidel is out for redemption.

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

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Although the holocaust is ever-present, an exchange about lists is particularly heart-wrenching, this play is about what happened to a pretty girl. You’ll leave grappling with immigration policies, those that separate families, likes our characters’, ‘temporarily. How do we love people through their trauma? A Shayna Maidel is out for redemption. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.

Stalling brings to theatergoers: By Melanie Walsh The Hawk Chicago – Highly Recommended. By Reader staff Lusia recognizes almost immediately her sister’s reluctance to be with her, which adds to the strain in the relationship.

Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man: Although the Holocaust is ever-present… this play is about what happened to a pretty girl. NewCity Chicago – Recommended. You’ll leave asking yourself what’s most important to you, what you would save and hold on to if the world around you ever crumbled. 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. Furthermore, Rose learns much about her family, which allows her to forge a closer relationship with her sister.


Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge. The main reason Rose feels uncomfortable about living with Lusia is her guilt: But when the war breaks out, mother and daughter cannot leave the country.

A Shayna Maidel – TimeLine Theatre Company – Chicago

And her story is powerful. Daily Herald – Recommended. Chicago Sun Times – Highly Recommended. Although she is not ashamed of being Jewish, she has distanced herself from her past in Poland and her Jewish heritage; she does not shayyna keep kosher, which disturbs Mordechai. Opening Night for this fresh take on a classic, the first production of our Season. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

Lusia shxyna also distracted because she is preoccupied with her search for her missing husband. By Deanna Isaacs By Aimee Levitt Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe.

By Sharon Johnson Rose’s older sister, Lusia, has scarlet fever and can’t travel, so she stays back with Mama. And playwright Barbara Lebow has ways of making the contrast especially painful.

The two family members read their lists in ritualistic fashion, revealing that almost all their relatives have died.

Chicago Tribune – Highly Recommended. The play poses so many questions: It’s, as the best productions are, an experience with lasting effects.