Theater: Yiddish Imp

The Zulu and the Zayda. Zayda means grandfather in Yiddish, and a pixyish, diminutive grandpa (Menasha Skulnik) is the hero of this "play with music" set in Johannesburg. This Zayda speaks three languages—Zulu Yiddish, English Yiddish, and Yiddish Yiddish. He has a black African friend and com panion, a tall, open-faced child of good nature (Louis Gossett), who strangely enough also speaks Yiddish a good deal of the time. Playgoers who know only English may feel a sneaking desire to hear their mother tongue, but that would be a questionable mercy when the...

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