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Indecent tells the story of the Yiddish play that scandalized Broadway

Paula Vogel’s play, now making its Chicago debut, retraces the path of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance.

One of the early revelations in Paula Vogel’s acclaimed, based-on-a-true-story one-act drama is just how far and for how long God of Vengeance, Polish-Jewish author Sholem Asch’s controversial 1907 play, trotted the globe before authorities branded it as criminally “indecent.” The young playwright’s revolutionary (and first) script, which tells the story of a Torah-desecrating Jewish brothel owner whose daughter falls in love with a woman, was provocative right from its initial living room reading (“You are pouring petrol on the flames of anti-Semitism,” argues one appalled actor played by David Darlow), but it was producible.…

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