THE MUSEUM OF FAMILY HISTORY

Home       |       Site Map       |      Exhibitions      |      About the Museum       |       Education      |      Contact Us       |       Links

The Habima in New York

The Cast of Characters of "The Deluge"
 

D. Itkin .........................................
A.Baratz ......................................
Z. Friedland .................................
B.Schneider ................................
Raikin Ben-Ari .............................
B. Bertenoff ..................................
H. Gruber .....................................
A. Prudkin ....................................
Stratton
Charlie
O'Neil
Frazer
Nordling
Gugins
Lizzie
Beer
"THE DELUGE, a play in three acts, by Henning Berger. Presented in Hebrew by the Moscow Theatre Habima. At the Cosmopolitan Theatre."

Act One. The morning of a hot day. Stratton the owner of the saloon, and his assistant, Charlie, are excited because O'Neil has said that there will be a flood. "The earth will tremble, the heavens will reveal themselves, frightened mankind will crawl out of their caves as if pursued. The deluge will wipe out everything!"
 

From the NY Times review,
"'Deluge Well Received"
January 11, 1927


"...Influenced, no doubt, by the play's success in Sweden and Germany, the Habima players included it in their repertoire. Last night's performance moved with a vitality which pleased the Habima's Jewish constituents as much as its Broadway adherents.

The play is sardonic comedy, intelligible not  only to those conversant with Hebrew but to English theatregoers as well. What seemed to please the audience most last night were the pantomimic scenes.

The plot deals with several persons in various stations of life, marooned in a saloon of a small town along the Mississippi after a cloud-burst. Momentarily awaiting the bursting of the dam and  the approach of a flood, they become united, despite their personal animosities, and swear eternal friendship. The gambler forgives his rival on the Stock Exchange. A woman declares her  love for her betrayer  and he promises to marry her as they escape. An  impoverished investor wins promises of general assistance. Under he shadow of a catastrophe they all make vows of loyalty and promise to help each other if they are rescued. Here the Habima players sing Hebraic chants effectively.

The lights go on again in the saloon. The telegraph ticker begins its staccato. It is reported that the deluge is slackening. All are saved. Now the true sides of  their characters are revealed. As soon as the fear of death has been removed, all forget the fine pledges of friendship.

Miss H. Gruber played Lizzie, the woman,  with a rare understanding. to one only slightly familiar with Hebrew her performance seemed sharply etched. D. Itkin, who portrayed Stratton, the bartender, and A Baratz, his assistant, were generally amusing. The others in the cast also played well..."

 

 

next page

What's New       |       Opportunities       |       Support       |      FAQs       |      Credits       |       Guestbook       |       Help


Copyright 2007-8. Museum of Family History.  All rights reserved.  Image Use Policy.