Within the framework of a sabbath evening meal, Bruce Myers and Corinne Jaber give a beautifully acted and unostentatious version of a Polish-Yiddish tale about love. A young cabbalistic scholar, having died before his time, enters the body of his beloved. The tortured lovers are just two of the multiple roles that the two actors take on, and they slip skilfully from one character to another. Myers displays great precision and control, even at the climax, a charged and chilling scene of exorcism. The emphasis throughout is on storytelling rather than theatricality, and the play quietly but consistently affirms the values of community in any form.
Written for The Independent.
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