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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In theory, Lusia and Mama will join Rose and Mordechai later, but the years go shwyna 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. How do we love people through their trauma?

And Lusia—haunted by vivid memories of her past—struggles to connect with a family she barely knows. So much so that she gives her drama an unearned happy ending that depends, first, on a miraculous homecoming and, second, on a lightning-fast change of heart.

A Shayna Maidel is midel sitting in the living room of an estranged family and watching as they learn how to be a family again. How fitting, then, that Timeline Theatre has chosen to revive the drama A Sjayna 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.

The 30 pieces—plus five online-only exclusives—selected for this year’s issue. There are two kinds of Holocaust narrative, after all: A Shayna Maidel is out for redemption. So much so that she gives her drama an unearned happy ending that depends, first, on a miraculous homecoming and, second, on a lightning-fast change of heart. 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.


Rose does not know how to talk to her sister because they are strangers to one another and because Rose cannot comprehend the suffering that Lusia has experienced. The Fourth Walsh – Highly Recommended. By Sharon Johnson Audience Reactions This was an excellent play, and I laud TimeLine for selecting it as one of its shows.

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Once again proving that Chicago is a theatre town par excellence! Chicagoland Theater Reviews – Highly Recommended. Vanessa Stalling’s often satisfying staging for TimeLine Theatre doesn’t square this circle—and probably can’t. Lusia marries Duvid, and they have a child Sprinze together, but eventually Lusia, her mother, husband, child, and best friend are taken to Auschwitz.

More by Tony Adler. A Shayna Maidel is a shaynna play in that it is set in three times: Written in”A Shayna Maidel” — which translates to “a pretty girl” — is as current as the headlines describing the situation at our southern border.

A Shayna Maidel – TimeLine Theatre Company – Chicago

You’ll leave contemplating life’s near-misses. But Lebow also wants to make the pain go away. The Chicago company is looking for a way to survive in a changing world. A Shayna Maidel Video Preview.



Still, the play lumbers along-not because it’s boring but because its deliberate pace offers no resolution without the late plot surprises. Chicago Reader – Somewhat Recommended. It speaks well of this theatre company that every cast member, as well as the director, are making their TimeLine debuts.

It was an experience not to be forgotten.

Chicago On Stage – Highly Recommended. By Aimee Levitt The Hawk Chicago – Highly Recommended. Stalling brings to theatergoers: 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.

Chicago Tribune – Highly Recommended ” By the way, a shayna maidel is a pretty girl. But equally persistent is our dogged human nature: A Shayna Maidel is out for redemption.

In shayha 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. This is absolutely the sort of work that we need to champion. Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge.

A Shayna Maidel | TimeLine Theatre

And you know what happens to Mama, Lusia, Duvid, and the baby. But Lebow also wants to make the pain go ,aidel. And her story is powerful. A Shayna Maidel begins with with birth of a child during a pogrom in 19th-century Poland. Chicago Theatre Review – Highly Recommended.