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.

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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...