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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Meanwhile, Rose grows into a ” percent American” girl. By Deanna Isaacs The survivors and their relatives found it difficult to reunite.

Although the holocaust is ever-present, an exchange about lists is particularly heart-wrenching, this play is about what happened to a pretty girl. And Lusia-haunted by vivid memories of her past-struggles to connect with a family she’s never known and to believe in the potential of life in a new land.

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. Windy City Times – Recommended. Featuring a text display of words and sounds heard during the performance. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Mordechai now reveals to Rose that he has kept a letter from her—a final letter written to her from her mother. 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.


Furthermore, Rose learns much about her family, which allows her to forge a closer relationship with her sister. 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.

Although the Holocaust is ever-present… this play is about what happened to a shaynx girl. By Aimee Levitt The Weiss family maiddel for understanding, forgiveness and love in the aftermath of a genocide.

Tabbed Event Search All. The Weiss family searches for understanding, forgiveness and love in the shaayna of a genocide. 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 powerful and poignant drama about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the rise of the Nazis. Lebow’s touching play demonstrates the indomitable nature of the human spirit and the importance of strong family bonds. Chicago On Stage – Highly Recommended. It’s, as the best productions are, an experience with lasting effects. Rose’s older sister, Lusia, has scarlet fever and can’t travel, so she stays back with Mama.

Mordechai, his wife, and his two daughters were supposed to leave Poland for New York, but before they could leave, Lusia contracted scarlet fever and had to remain in Poland with her mother. Join us for informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast.

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

Daily Herald – Recommended. But Emily Berman as Lusia steals the show exhibiting two different personalities as a happy newlywed before the war and a scarred and snayna survivor afterwards.


Average Rating based snayna 17 reviews. 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. The Chicago company is looking for a way to survive in a changing world.

A Shayna Maidel is like sitting in the living room of an estranged family and watching as they learn how to be a family again. But Lebow xhayna wants to make the pain go away.

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Glad we saw it! More by Tony Adler. It speaks well of this theatre company that every cast member, as well as the director, are making their TimeLine debuts. 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.

Chicago Theater and Arts – Highly Recommended. Still, the play lumbers along-not because it’s boring but because its deliberate pace offers no resolution without the late plot surprises. But when the war breaks out, mother and daughter cannot leave the country.

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