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New York’s hottest theatre tickets are for two shows in Yiddish

TJI Pick
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Published: 9 August 2018

Last updated: 5 March 2024

WHILE BOTH ARE well-executed and deserving of the mostly rave reviews they’ve received, neither is particularly innovative or cutting-edge from a theatrical standpoint. It would be a bit of a stretch to call either one timely, especially in this heated political moment.

The raw material is well-worn and familiar. Most or all of the performances are in Yiddish, presumably forcing the vast majority of theatregoers to look back and forth from the stage to supertitles projected on screens.

Yet tickets to Fiddler on the Roof, performed in Yiddish at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and Tevye Served Raw (Garnished with Jews), running at the Playroom Theatre in Midtown, are very hard or next to impossible to come by.

Nu, what gives?

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