Indecent, the title of Paula Vogel’s exquisite rendering of real events stretching from 1906 until the 1940’s chronicles the unfolding of Sholom Asch’s God of Vengeance, from its inception until the Yiddish theatre troupe’s demise during World War II. Vogel’s play centers on the trajectory of a theatrical event, but our hearts bleed for the brave troupe that performed it.
At the Ahmanson, the Huntington Theatre Company co-production fills the stage with kaleidoscopic choreography by David Dorfman, staging scenes from God of Vengeance along with the time-line leading up to and away from the sensational obscenity trial in 1923. Director Rebecca Taichman, who collaborated with Vogel on the creation of the play, recreates a sense of rich Yiddish culture. Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva’s original music reinforces the authenticity of the tale.