Review: Indecent at Victory Gardens Theater (Through November 4, 2018)

This is a play about a play. Sholem Asch wrote “God of Vengeance” in 1906 in Warsaw, Poland. The play toured across Europe with great success. So, they brought the play to downtown NYC where it was also successful. In 1923, it premiered on Broadway and shocked audiences. Soon afterwards, the entire cast and the producer were indicted and convicted on charges of obscenity mainly due to the lesbian love scenes in which two women kiss for the first time on Broadway.

The music in this production is fantastic. Throughout the entire show, the musicians move around the stage playing an accordion, violin, mandolin, and bass. The full cast also sings many songs including “Ich Hab Noch Einen Koffer in Berlin” (I still have a suitcase in Berlin).

During the play, when characters speak their native language, they speak perfect English. When characters speak English as their second language, they speak with an accent. This is surely challenging for the actors, but they all pull it off with grace.

Kiah Stern (American Vanadal) is excellent as the ingénue, Chana. She is so passionate in the rain scene. Also, Benjamin Magnuson (Once) is superb as the stage manager, Lemml. When he first hears the play, his life changes and he grows to become its greatest leader.

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Get tickets now for Indecent through November 4, 2018.

Cost of a ticket: $68
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price

New Rating Scale:
Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney

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