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Whether you have seen A Shayna Maidel before, Chicken Coop Theater at Levis JCC Sandler Center does a fine job keeping intact Lebow’s touching drama and its very definite Holocaust theme. But this production goes one smart step further, finding more universal themes of love and loss, parents and their relationships to their children, and the bond of siblings.
Two Florida men who by chance sat next to each other at the Holocaust play at Broward Stage Door, A Shayna Maidel, discovered they had been in the same forced labor camp during World War II.
For immigrants wrestling with cultural assimilation, salvation lies not in burying the past life, but coming to terms with its baggage and its ghosts. Playwright Barbara Lebow illustrated her premise in her 1985 A Shayna Maidel now enjoying an ultimately moving revival at Broward Stage Door. It benefits greatly from a promising performance by Mary Sansone as a shattered Holocaust survivor trying to reconnect with the remains of her family in New York City.