Ya'acobi and Leidental


"While 'Ya'acobi' is nominally an account of how two male friends, its title characters, fall out over a woman, it communicates its concerns without relying on conventional narrative and characterization.  Mr. Levine's people are more apt to speak (or, on occasion, sing) their thoughts than engage in realistic conversation.  The action consists of abstractly linked vignettes and monologues that unfold in front of a crimson curtain...At his best, the playwright transforms his despair into whimsical (but still saddening) comedy."   

--Frank Rich (New York Times), "Reviews and listings for 'Ya'acobi and Leidental' (1981)" [OBJ.1981.0155]