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The Vilna Troupe in New York with The Dybbuk, 1926

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The Vilna Troupe in New York with The Dybbuk, 1926


While The Dybbuk would be translated into many languages, its greatest success was on the Yiddish-language stage. During the Vilner Troupe's tour across Europe between 1922 and 1927, it remained the pinnacle of their repertoire. On seeing the Vilna Troupe's Dybbuk performance in Vienna, famous theater director Max Reinhardt said, "Das ist nicht theater, das ist ein Gottes Dienst." On September 1, 1921, the play had its American premiere in the New York Yiddish Art Theatre of Maurice Schwartz. Celia Adler, Bar Galilee, Schwartz, and Julius Adler appeared as Leah, Khanan, Azriel, and the Messenger. It ran for several months.


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