Yiddish Theater: A Love Story
Yiddish Theater: A Love Story (2006)

Between the late '30s and 2006, the number of Yiddish stage theaters in the Big Apple sadly dwindled from twelve to one. Two of the last remaining institutions were the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, sustained for many years by Holocaust… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 24, 2006
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New York Magazine/Vulture

Intriguing and entertaining despite some rough edges, Dan Katzir's documentary profits immeasurably from the ancient Spaisman's genuine charisma.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Although the film's highly personal approach ultimately pays off in terms of heartfelt emotion -- particularly at its bittersweet conclusion -- it's hard not to wish that its focus was not quite so narrow.

Jennifer Merin

The Yiddish Theater: A Love Story is as charming, humorous, convincing, tenacious and relevant as its wonderful leading lady.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

If you end up kvelling for these performers, the doc has served its purpose.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Touching, if uneven.

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S. James Wegg

However, whether by design or happy coincidence, several more universal truths lurk tantalizingly in the upper balcony and lift this production from the specific to the universal.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Given its origins, it's not surprising that Yiddish Theater: A Love Story has a catch-as-catch-can feeling to it. But nothing can take away from the flavor of being caught up in the battles and dreams of a formidable group of people.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Filmed in real time during the freezing winter of 2000, Yiddish Theater: A Love Story tracks eight days in the failing life of the Yiddish Public Theater.

Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Only a schmuck wouldn't love this movie.