A classic of Yiddish Theater is coming back to “haunt” us. Peretz Hirschbein’s classic tale, “The (*) Inn” is being re-staged by the Target Margin Theater of New York’s Lower East Side. First performed in Vilna in 1912, it was an immediate hit, and the show traveled on to London, and opened in New York in 1917.
The (*) is hard to translate; although it is most often rendered as “haunted” the Inn could just as easily mean empty, vacant, or abandoned. Whichever way the Yiddish is explained, the story is a symbolic tale of the lives and loves of country Jews, full of lust and angst. The subject was a favorite of Yiddish playwright, novelist, journalist, travel writer and theater director Hirschbien, who wrote about a dozen tales on the theme of rural Jews. A spokesman for Target Margin Theater describes the play as “Tevya on Drugs.”
The revival of The (*) Inn will be performed at the Abrons Art Center. Performances will run as follows:
March 7-30, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm, with an additional performance on Monday, March 11 at 7pm. On Thursday, March 14 there will be a special benefit performance at 7pm.
Tickets are $20 until March 11, and $25 after that date.