Sunday, February 07, 2010
Saturday evening and once more, I was submitted to "culture". The place was the Gesher Theater in Yaffo, and it was called "Hate and Love", based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Gesher is a professional theater founded by Russian immigrant actors and writers, in Hebrew, and in a few years it has conquered a very respectable place in the Israeli culture. I think it is much better than HaBima and the Kameri, more professional and they try harder.
The story is about a Poylish schlemazl called Herman whose life saved by the family servant Jadwiga. His wife does not come back after the war so out of gratitude he marries her and they move to America. (Pic.: Jadwiga washes Hermann like a baby, it must be a Polish custom). He ghostwrites speeches and books of ethics and religion for a rabbi, and takes a lover on the side, a survivor, Masha. Masha drives him crazy trying to force him to leave Jadwiga and marry her. Jadwiga is pregnant, Masha fakes pregnancy. Hermann is thorn between them, and if the dilemma were not enough, his wife - believed long dead - appears in America and finds him. Three women fight for the soul of the schlemazl, who in the end runs away with Masha to California.