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
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
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..."