A concert of greatest hits, re-uniting cast members from the ten year run of Kids and Yiddish and introducing new young performers. 10% Yiddish + 90% English = 100% fun at this lively performance for families with children ages 4 and up.
Created by Joanne Borts, Menachem Mike Fox, and Zalmen Mlotek, "Kids & Yiddish" slyly insinuates mamaloschen ("mother's talk") into familiar elements of popular culture, like Top 40 tunes and the latest fads on TV, to teach kids about Yiddish language and culture. With a mix of original material and parodies, it introduces young theatergoers to the letters of the Yiddish alphabet, how to count in Yiddish and how to say the colors like your great-grandmother did. Song take-offs include "Sounds of Lamed," "Silly Vov Songs" (including "What’s Vov Got to Do With It?" and "All You Need Is Vov") and "We Will, We Will Hock You." Particularly delightful is a Yiddish comic take on Hannukah songs. Cultural references from high and low combine into a richly amusing and informative hot pot of fun. The experience won't feel pedagogical; it is a fun show in which kids are included and it feels natural to speak Yiddish. Parents delight in how cleverly the show appropriates rock, rap, klezmer and calypso and its delicious "grown up" references to Molly Picon, Zero Mostel and Howie Mandel.
Nessa Norvich in "Kids and Yiddish" 2004 courtesy of the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene