Review On INDECENT


Leigh Kennicott

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


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.

Leigh Kennicott
Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.