Queen Lear: Deconstructing the great Jewish mother on stage
In the Habima production of 'Miraleh Efrat,’ even the most skeptical viewer will hiss the bride Shaindel and pity the mother-in-law, played with strength and restraint by Gila Almagor.
Jacob Gordin’s “Miraleh Efrat” is unquestionably the representative play of Yiddish theater. Gordin himself subtitled his deconstruction of the great Jewish mother “Queen Lear.” If in the Shakespearean tragedy, two of King Lear’s daughters turn on the old man and throw him out of their homes, a situation that eventuates in his madness and death, in “Miraleh...
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