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The Habima in New York

The Cast of Characters of "The Dybbuk"
 

Chava Adelman ........................
A. Baratz ...................................
Bat-Ami .....................................
Raikin Ben-Ari ..........................

Ben-Chaim ................................ 

J. Bertonow .............................. 

Shlomo Brook ...........................

Efroti-Chechik ...........................
Elisheva Factorowitch .............
Zwi Friedlander ........................ 

Miriam Goldin ...........................
E. Golland .................................

Ina Govinskaya ........................
Ch. Grober................................. 

Chana Hendler ..........................

D. Itkin ....................................... 
F. Lubitsch ................................ 
Aharon Meskin .........................

Anna Paduit ...............................
A. Prudkin ..................................
L. Pudalower .............................
Tamar Robins ............................
Hannah Rovina ..........................
Benno Schneider ...................... .

B. Tschemeritsky .......................

L. Warshawer .............................

E. Winiar ....................................

Winiar-Katchur ...........................
Tmima Yudelwitch .....................
Benjamin Zemach .....................

Naum Zemach ............................
 
Yachna 
Chassidim 
Sender's Relative 
First Batlan 
Dalfon 
Third Batlan 
Schulem 
Chassidim 
Nachman 
Berchik 
Chassidim 
Chassidim 
Rivke 
Michael 
Sender's Relative 
Sender's Relative 
Chassidim 
Voice Off Stage in Third Act 
Elke 
Gnessia 
Dresl 
Chassidim 
An Old Woman 
Sender 
Batia 
Raphael 
Chassidim 
Nechame 
Messenger 
Sender's Relative 
Gittel 
Leah 
Second Batlan 
Mendal 
Meir 
Rabbi Shamshon 
Channon/Hanan
Chassidim 
Asher 
Zundel 
Dwossia 
Frieda 
Henoch 
Menashe 
Rabbi Anzriel 
"The Dybbuk (original version), a dramatic legend in three acts, by S. Ansky, with music by I. Engel; staged by E. Vachtangiv; presented in Hebrew by the Habima Players at the Mansfield Theatre."

From the NY Times review,
by J. Brooks Atkinson
"The Dybbuk" in Hebrew
December 14, 1926

"...In order to describe it one must report some of the details. First of all, the make-up is extraordinary. Faces are painted with curious designs, in high colors, not unlike grotesque masks; mouths are pulled out of  shape by daubs of grease-paint; eyes are rendered almost uncanny by circles and arches; noses are pulled to a sharp point. The black gowns of the  chassidim are crudely smeared with white at the edges. All the benches and chairs used in the synagogue and at the wedding breakfast are off centre; the angular treatment of the property extends even to the unpretentious scenery. The actors move about the stage with grotesque motions, with absurd attitudes; the lines of the human figure are broken up by stooping or leaning heavily to one side. And the voices of the beggars, the professional prayer men and the choruses n general are individually unnatural, stressed and strained. Divided into its various parts, like the individual scores for a symphony, the production would be thoroughly unintelligible.

When all these separate parts are pulled together in a symmetrical performance the effect is astonishing--as unreal as the mystical legend of the play, as profound in its searching of the emotions, supple, resilient and varied...

...With the Habima we see a fresher method of  group-acting, suited to dramas of a freer technique. Our stage may learn a good deal from it in the orchestration of producing."

   

LEAH
daughter of Sender

FREDA
Leah's nurse
   

HANAN

ENOCH
   

BERCHIK
a lame man

NACHMAN
the bridegroom's father
 

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